Geoducks Blast Warriors with 30 Point Win
January 10, 2003
by Devin Jones
OLYMPIA, WA -- The Evergreen State College Geoducks captured their third straight victory on Friday evening with a 30-point blow out over the Western Baptist Warriors (2-2 conference, 4-11 overall).
With four teams in the Cascade Conference tied for fourth place with 2-2 records, the Geoducks (3-2 conference, 8-10 overall) knew this would be a big game. With that in mind, Evergreen met the challenge and ran away with a 96-66 victory, giving the Geoducks a slight edge in the conference standings.
The first half belonged to the Geoducks as they came out ready to play and on fire. Evergreen knocked down 61% (19-31) of their field goals, including 50% (6-12) of their attempts from behind the three-point line.
Evergreen's defense also stepped up, making it difficult for the Warriors to shoot. Western Baptist shot only 35% from the field in the first half, including a horrific 14% (2-14) from three-point land. Evergreen's hot shooting and relentless defense allowed the Geoducks to gain a comfortable 22-point lead at half time, 47-25.
The 20 minute half time rest didn't seem to slow the Geoducks down, as they came out in the second half scoring the first six points, building the lead to 28. Evergreen's lead never dropped below 18 for the remainder of the game.
For the game the Geoducks shot 59% (36-61), including 44% from the three-point line (8-18). Evergreen also outrebounded the Warriors 36-27, the first time the Geoducks have outrebounded an opponent all year.
Offensively, the Evergreen fans saw all 10 Geoducks score in the game, including Dennis Flynn (Tacoma, Wash. / Wilson HS) and Allen Thomas (Lacey, Wash. / River Ridge HS)
who each contributed two points in less than five minutes of play.
Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) led the team with 20 points on 9-14 shooting. Parker also had five steals and three blocks, both game highs, and handed out four assists.
Haikima Moore (Dallas, Tex. / Allen HS) scored 15 points off the bench for the Geoducks on 7-9 shooting, to go along with seven boards. Moore's points came in just 16 minutes of play. Karriem FieldingSacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) contributed 12 points (4-8) and also dished out five assists for Evergreen. (
Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Wash. / Puyallup HS) was perfect from the floor (3-3) giving him 11 points, while Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) also chipped in 11 (4-12) and grabbed six rebounds. Evergreen's Nate Robinson (Kent, Wash. / Kentwood HS) scored nine points (3-5) in the win, to go along with five assists.
Western Baptist only had two players score in double figures for the game. Point guard Marty Reid who had 20 points on 8-14 shooting led the Warriors. Reid also had a team high six assists. Eric Fiegi chipped in 17 points on the night, going 7-10 from the field.
"It's a big win," said Evergreen's Head Coach John Barbee, "we can enjoy it for tonight.I'm proud of the way we played, but we have to come prepared and ready to play tomorrow night."
The Geoducks will have to prepare quick as they face the 18th ranked team in the nation, Concordia University, tomorrow evening. Tip-off for the game will be at 8:00 p.m.