Geoducks romp in home-opener

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Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

November 12, 2005

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The Evergreen State College Geoducks set a school record for least points allowed in their 71-16 victory over Trinity Lutheran College today to even their record at 1-1 and give new head coach Tom Kenna his first win as the Geoduck headmaster. The previous record for points allowed was 39 against Multnomah Bible College during the 1999-2000 season.

Kenna comes to Evergreen with a reputation for being a defensive-minded coach, but today's contest featured a Trinity Lutheran team that was simply overmatched. Still, Evergreen can take nothing for granted as the Geoducks have a new coach and only three players returning from last season's team-and only one of those, Doug Dietz, saw playing time today as Wes Newton and Durriell Jones were held out of the contest due to injuries.

The Geoducks held Trinity scoreless for the first eight minutes of the contest until Aaron Finley put two points up from the free throw line. Evergreen allowed just two field goals in the first-half as they took a 42-6 lead into the locker room.

Dietz led the Evergreen attack with 20 points in the game as the senior guard buried six of eight three-point attempts over the Trinity Lutheran zone. Junior guard Pat Mattsen added 17 more going five of eight from behind the arc. In all, Evergreen shot over 46 percent for the game and exactly 40 percent from three-point range while forcing 21 turnovers and holding Trinity Lutheran to under 18 percent shooting.

Evergreen travels to Tacoma on November 18th to face The University of Puget Sound at 8:00 p.m. The Geoducks don't have another home contest until December 2nd when they host Cascade College at 7:30 p.m. to open league play.