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Geoducks keep score low but unable to prevail

Contact: Erik Snyder (360) 867-6537
snydere@evergreen.edu
Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

January 13, 2006

OLYMPIA, WA -- The Evergreen State College Geoducks held Northwest University (14-5 overall, 6-3 CCC) to 53 points, their lowest score of the season, but weren't able to defeat the Eagles in the end and recorded a 44-53 loss putting them at 6-13 overall and 2-7 for conference play.

At half the Geoducks had held the Eagles to just 16 points while Evergreen went in with 12. Junior, Thomas Cook, led the game with 8 points and 8 rebounds, while Northwest juniors, Morgan Axton and Aaron Sawyer both had 3 points, Sawyer grabbing a team high 3 rebounds, along with junior, Chris Burnett.

The first twenty's statistics were fairly equal, Evergreen shooting 5-21 from field goal range to Northwest's 5-20, free throws the Geoducks were 2-2 with the Eagles at 5-6, both teams both had 15 boards as well. Turnovers were kept at a surprising low at 6 for Evergreen and 5 for Northwest.

The latter half of the game brought similar play from both teams, although Northwest slowly took a larger lead throughout the half and at the five minute mark led 39-27. At two minutes senior, Doug Dietz, hit a 3 putting Evergreen down by 8, but the Geoducks then began intentionally fouling and couldn't quite get themselves any closer than 9 again.

Once again the two teams shot almost identically, but the difference came in free throws-not percentage (Evergreen 75%, Northwest 84.6%), but rather attempts. Evergreen went 9-12 from the line, but the Eagles were sent 26 times and took advantage of 22 of those.

Cook continued to lead the game and ended with a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds, Sawyer led the Eagles with 12 points and 8 rebounds for the night.

The Geoducks have a bye tomorrow night but will be hosting Oregon Tech next Friday night, the 20th at 7:30 p.m.