Evergreen battles but can't come out with "W" in nail-biter

Contact: Erik Snyder (360) 867-6537
Sports Information Director
The Evergreen State College

February 4, 2006

OLYMPIA, WA - The Evergreen State men's (10-15 overall, 5-10 CCC) battled to the end, but couldn't come out with the win in tonight's nail-biting 63-67 loss against the Corban College Warriors (13-12 overall, 7-7 CCC).

The two teams fought for the lead throughout the competition, each not allowing the other to stray far. The Warriors held the Geoducks at the break 31-28 and continued to lead through the majority of the second half. Down by ten at the six minute mark, Evergreen stepped their game up a notch and went on an exciting 14-2 run with three of the Geoducks five steals taking place in that time. Evergreen took a 63-61 lead with 1:53 remaining. From that mark three Greeners fouled out, Pat Mattson, Thomas Cook and Jim Dowling, which thus permitted free throws for Corban with each foul. The Warriors took advantage of six of the ten opportunities, taking the game to the final score.

Evergreen's, Mattson led the Geoducks with 25 points tonight, while Cook added 12 and Luke Hammond put in 11. Cook also grabbed the team high of six rebounds. Corban's All-American, Eric Fiegi, had a stunning 36 points and the game high eight rebounds while Joel Worcester added 13 for the Warriors as well.

The Geoducks return to the road next Friday night, February tenth, as they travel to Kirkland , Wash. to take on Northwest University at 7:30 p.m.