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Evergreen Men's Basketball at Whitman 2004

November 28, 2004

WALLA WALLA, WA -- Down by 23 points midway through the second half, the Whitman men's basketball rallied to within seven points before dropping a 68-60 decision to Evergreen State College Sunday night in Sherwood Center.

With the win Evergreen snapped a four game losing streak and upped its season record to 3-5, while Whitman remains winless in two games.

Leading 40-22 at halftime, Evergreen extended its lead to 56-33 with 10:42 left to play. That's when the Missionaries uncorked an 18-2 scoring burst that closed the gap to 58-51 with 5:57 left. After sophomore Ian Warner triggered the comeback with two free throws and his second three-pointer of the night, freshman post Aaron Hazel added to the frenzy with five points in the paint.

Evergreen State stemmed the tide at that point, however, with senior forward Walter Tucker scoring six of the next eight Geoduck points. Jonathan Hammond drained two free throws with 1:56 on the clock to extend Evegreen's lead back to 15 points at 68-53.

Whitman made one last push as Nick Parker nailed two three-pointers, the last one pulling the home team to within 68-60 on the scoreboard with 53 seconds still left to play.

After Hammond missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity, a Missionary three-pointer failed to drop with 26 seconds remaining.

Evergreen took charge early in the game, building a 17-9 cushion over the first five minutes. A Whitman basket at the 13:17 mark of the first half cut the Geoduck lead to 20-16, but the Evergreen answered with four three-pointers and 16 unanswered points to move in front by 20.

Six Geoducks scored nine or more points. Tucker led the charge with 16 points. Two more seniors, Julius Marshall and Josh Peterson, added 12 and 10 points, respectively.

Evergreen will return home to host The University of Puget Sound Wednesday, December 1st at 7:30 p.m.