Geoducks fall short in Kenna's debut

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

November 08, 2005

LACEY, Wash. -- Playing without point guard Wes Newton-one of three returnees to this year's edition of Evergreen men's basketball-the Geoducks dropped the first game of coach Tom Kenna's tenure at Evergreen as the Geoducks fell 59-54 to NCAA Division II cross-town rival Saint Martin's college at Saint Martin's Pavilion.

Saint Martin's opened up 12-point leads in both halves, but Evergreen responded on both occasions behind the scoring of freshman Luke Hammond. Hammond scored 21 points in his first game as a Geoduck, with 14 of those coming in the second half, to lead all scorers.

Saint Martins controlled much of the first half as the Geoducks shot just under 30 percent from the field. But Evergreen trimmed the lead to two points just before intermission.

Opening the second period with a 25-23 advantage, Saint Martin's capitalized on several Geoduck mistakes to again open 12-point margin, 52-40.

But the Geoducks regrouped and pressured the Saints into turnovers until Hammond tied the game at 52-52 with 2:09 left. Thirty seconds later freshman forward Vernon Gilliam put the Geoducks up 54-53.

But the young Geoducks failed to convert their chances in the game's final minute, missing several shots from the floor, and the Saints won the game from the free-throw line.

Evergreen plays their first home game of the 2005-06 season Saturday, November 12 as they host Trinity Lutheran at 2:30 p.m.