Game lost in final seconds

Contact: Erik Snyder (360) 867-6537
Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

December 7, 2005

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Evergreen's Wednesday night game against the Lewis & Clark Pioneers came down to the wire and ended in a quick run putting the Pioneers at 61-60.

The Geoducks came out strong and so did the Pioneers, both wanting the win and both fighting for it. Lewis & Clark began with a full court press which continued throughout the game, but it didn't seem to phase the Geoducks. They were able to get the ball up quick enough each time to get set and run their offense.

From beginning to end the score stayed within a few points, the lead interchanging between the two competitors. The lead went to the Pioneers for the first half, 34-31, but once the second half began, the changes once again occurred.

Coming down to the last minute and a half of the game Evergreen trailed 54-58 until junior, Tim Johnson, nailed a three pointer to make it 57-58. At 45 seconds the Pioneers, Thomas Tillery, made one of two free throws making the score 57-59, that is until Evergreen's, Doug Dietz, came back with a three putting the Geoducks up 60-59 at nine seconds. Evergreen being in foul trouble were trying not to send Lewis and Clark to the line and Tillery took advantage of that. Shooting from one baseline to the other, he drove straight to the hoop for an easy lay in ending the game at 60-61.

Evergreen's, Thomas Cook, grabbed the game high for scoring with 12 points as well as rebounds with 8. While the Pioneers, Ryan Wells, put up 20 points for the game and Tillery grabbed 6 rebounds.

The Evergreen State men will take on Linfield College December 8th at 7:30 p.m. in Olympia, Wash.