Geoducks defeated by Warner Pacific

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

December 3, 2005

OLYMPIA, Wash.- The Evergreen State College men put up a good fight with the number one ranked Warner Pacific Knights on Saturday night, but in the end weren't able to hold and were defeated 47-65.

The Geoduck's knew this was not about to be an easy game with the Knights having six players standing 6'5" or above and being ranked number one in the conference. But they came out to show they were going to make Warner Pacific work. The game stayed close for the first eight minutes of the game, both teams leading at different points, but slowly the Knights began to pull away.

The half found Evergreen down by eleven, 32-21. Warner Pacific (12-27) out shot Evergreen (9-16) in field goals, three points (WP 5-15, E-State 2-5) and free throws (WP 3-6, E-State 1-1) and also caused 10 turnovers for Geoducks to their 5. Junior, Josh Waite, had the team high of 8 points for Evergreen, where Warner Pacific's senior, Donny Woods, lead with 9.

Second half Evergreen's defense couldn't seem to make a dent in the Knight's offense and the deficit continued to grow. Evergreen shot 50% from field goal range, 16.7% from outside the arc and 71.4% from the line to Warner's 46.4%, 40.0% and 75%.

Evergreen's offense was run well, but couldn't produce the points the Geoducks needed to contend with the Knights. All members of the squad played a significant amount of the game, allowing for ample learning experience.

Freshman, Luke Hammond, had the Geoduck's team high with 12 points and sophomore, Ronald Rhodes, grabbed 3 rebounds for the game. The Knight's had four players in double figures- Nate Menefee with 12, Josh Jackson with 14, Donny Woods with 11 and Garland Perry with 11 as well. Jeff Eicschen snatched 7 rebounds for the game.

The Geoducks play next at home on December 7 at 7:30 p.m. and will be taking on Lewis & Clark College.