Geoducks give too much and lose 65-106 to Eastern Washington

November 21, 2006

CHENEY, Wash. - In the opening minutes it looked like a tough night ahead for Evergreen's Men's Basketball Team as they remained scoreless to EWU's 20 points in the first five minutes. The situation didn't improve much as the Geoducks shots failed to hit their mark 65 percent of the game.

EWU Sophomore Rodney Stuckey, freshman Brandon Moore and junior Omar Krayem combined for 70 points as Eastern Washington soundly beat Evergreen 106-65 in a non-conference mens basketball game Tuesday (Nov. 21) at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash.

The Eagles used a 20-0 run over a 5 1/2 minute span in the first half to open a 31-6 lead over the NAIA foe. The Eagles, who finished the game making 61 percent of their shots from the field, made 13 of their first 16 shots while the Geoducks made just two of their first 16.

Adam Moore again led Evergreen (2-3) with 23 points. Greg Shawdovine had 16, and Lebaron Smith scored 13 with eight rebounds.

"We're still learning as a team how to play together," Evergreen coach Tom Kenna said. "Playing back-to-back nights on a long road trip allows you to see the pluses of playing together.

Eastern, which had been averaging more than 20 turnovers per game in its first three outings, had just 12 on Tuesday. The Eagles held The Geoducks to 35.7 percent shooting from the field.

Eastern led by as many as 29 points in the first half before settling for a 59-34 halftime lead. Eastern held several more leads of 29 points in the second half before Evergreen State pulled to within 21 in the second half. But Eastern pulled away, with its largest lead being the final margin of 41 points.

Evergreen lost on Monday night to Portland State, another NCAA Division I team and like Eastern Washington a part of the Big Sky Conference.

"It's a tremendous opportunity to play two Division I teams on back-to-back nights," Kenna said. "It teaches our guys the value of playing hard. Both teams are very, very good. I thought at times we competed well."

The Geoducks fell to 1-2 in their season record.

Evergreen will play next on November 28th in Portland, OR when Lewis and Clark College hosts.

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