Men's Basketball

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

December 17, 2005

OLYMPIA , Wash. - The Evergreen Geoducks came out tonight with the will to defeat the Simon Fraser Clan but were faced with the difficulty of finishing on the offensive side and found their 7th loss of the 2005-06 season.

Hard work came on both ends of the court for the Geoducks, grabbing 7 steals and putting up 27 field goal attempts and 13 shots from the free throw line. Attempts is the key word in the previous sentence though. Evergreen had trouble finishing and could only put 8 of their 27 and 6 of their 13 along with only 2-9 from the three point line. Where as Simon Fraser was able to capitalize more from the field goal range with 15-22 and 3-5 from behind the arc. Rebounding was key for both teams as well, Simon Fraser grabbing 20 defensive boards, which were 20 potential put backs for Evergreen. While the Geoducks were only able to snatch 10 rebounds for the half.

The Geoducks were able to stay with the Clan for the majority of the first half, but slowly they began to trail and the half time buzzer brought Evergreen down 11, in a 24-35 score.

Junior, Thomas Cook, led the Geoducks for scoring with 7 points for the half and was also leader for rebounds with 5. While Simon Fraser had two players in the double digits for scoring in the first twenty, Emmy Unaegbu, led with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Aaron Christensen trailed just slightly with 13 points.

The second half brought similar play from both teams and the Geoducks were unable to bridge the gap left from the first half. Evergreen was cold on the offensive side and went 19-47 from field goal range, 5-15 from behind the three and 16-29 from the line, compared to Simon Fraser's 27-43 (field goal), 5-9 (3 point) and 12-18 (free throw). An 8 point differential was as close as Evergreen could come and began intentionally fouling at the 3 minute mark, but the Clan were hitting from the charity stripe tonight (12-18) and that tactic only made the degree of difference grow and eventually end at the final score of 59-71.

Senior, Doug Deitz, had a knock out second half putting down 14 for a total of 19 points and the team high while junior, Pat Mattson, added 15 and junior, Joshua Livingston 9. Junior, Thomas Cook, once again led in rebounds for the Geoducks with 7 for the game, while Christensen and Alex Quezada both had 7 as well for Simon Fraser. Christensen also recorded the game high with 23 points with Unaegbu not far behind with 21 points.

The Evergreen men will travel to Southern Oregon University with the women's team for their third conference game of the season on Tuesday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m.