#1 Team in Canada Defeats Evergreen by 9
December 3, 2002
by Devin Jones
BURNABY, BC - Home court advantage is always nice to have in the game of basketball, and on Tuesday night, the Clan from Simon Fraser University was proud to have such an advantage.
The Geoducks jumped on the Clan from the tip-off and quickly had a 15-4 lead. Simon Fraser (the #1 team in all of Canada) then changed their defensive tactics and slowed down the Geoduck attack, and went on a 13-2 run to tie the game at 17 apiece.
The remainder of the first half was relatively even and the Geoducks were happy to end the half up by three, 33-30. Especially after shooting a terrible 1-13 (7%) from the three point line, and only being awarded two free throws, compared to Simon Fraser's twelve.
The second half began nearly the same way the first half ended with the Geoducks claiming a small lead. However, the Clan kept fighting and took the lead from the Geoducks with about 15 minutes remaining in the game. After the Clan took the lead, the home court advantage kicked in, and the Clan ended the game with an 89-80 victory.
The Geoducks watched, helplessly, as Simon Fraser shot 30 second half free throws compared to Evergreen's 12. Free throws would prove to be the difference in the game as the Clan went 32-42 (76%) from the line and Evergreen went 11-14 (78%). The Geoducks had four players foul out, and were called for a total of 33 fouls for the game.
Simon Fraser had four players score in double figures, led by Pasha Baines who had 26 points on 5-10 shooting. Baines went 14-18 from the free throw line and also had 11 rebounds.
Jordan Mason contributed 20 points (7-12) for the Clan, Brent Charleton added 17 points (5-9) and 5 rebounds and went 7-10 from the free throw line, and Shaun Halverson chipped in 12 points, shooting a perfect 5-5 from the field. Halverson also grabbed 9 rebounds, 5 offensive, for the game.
The Geoducks were led by senior Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) who had a team high 24 points on 11-20 shooting. Parker also had 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and snatched 7 steals from Simon Fraser.
Haikima Moore (Dallas, Tex. / Allen HS) and Marvin Isaac (Inglewood, Cal. / Inglewood HS) were the only other players in double figures for Evergreen. Moore had a season-high 20 points (7-13), and Isaac scored 10 points for the Geoducks in the loss.
"We knew it would be tough to play here," said Geoducks Head Coach John Barbee, "it's a different country, with some different rules…we played pretty well tonight and we're just going to keep getting better."
Evergreen will have a few days of rest before they get back on the court Saturday night when they face Lewis-Clark State College. The game will be a re-match from a battle between the two teams a week ago, when the Geoducks defeated Lewis-Clark 82-73.
That evening the 2001-02 Geoducks will be honored for last years Cascade Conference Championship with the revealing of the championship banner and a presentation of the Geoducks championship rings. The ceremony will take place before the men tip-off at 8:00 p.m.