Men's Basketball vs Cal Baptist 2004

November 11, 2004

OLYMPIA, WA -- Tonight the Evergreen men's basketball team was handed a difficult assignment-rebounding from last night's drubbing by Lewis-Clark State College against the equally formidable California Baptist University Lancers, a team whose roster includes three Division I transfers.

The game opened much like last night's affair with the Geoducks missing several open shots early to fall behind 13-5 with five minutes gone. But unlike last night, the Geoducks didn't evaporate in the heat of the game. While Evergreen still found themselves struggling from the field-shooting right at 28 percent from both sides of the arc-they kept the halftime margin to eight points with defense that forced 12 turnovers and held the Lancers to a mortal 42 percent shooting percentage in the half.

Julius Marshall and Josh Peterson led Evergreen into the break with five points a piece. Cal Baptist spread the scoring around as Junior Denson, Terrance Johnson, Gary Holmes, and Marshall Hartman all scored six points.

The Geoducks opened the second period with a run to cut the Lancer lead to 34-29. Walter Tucker returned to last season's form as he posted up and beat the bigger Lancer inside men with a couple of quick skill moves. Wes Newton also caught fire recording twelve points in the half for the Geoducks to finish the night with 15 points.

The two teams battled evenly for the next ten minutes with the Geoducks getting as close as four points at 48-44.

But with seven minutes to go, a spate of Evergreen turnovers let the air out of the balloon. Cal Baptist converted a series of easy buckets to stretch their lead to 56-44. Junior Denson led the breakout with ten points, while ten Lancer players scored in the half to end the game 74-54.

The Geoducks shot 52 percent from the field in the second half, but their 13 second half turnovers coupled with a 23-39 rebounding deficit accounted for the spread.

Evergreen will host Seattle University Tuesday night at 7:30 before heading out for a re-match with Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID November 27th.