Evergreen men give #4 Warner Pacific a battle, but fall 86-80

February 17, 2007

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Playing with just eight players dressed and losing its leading scorer early in the second half, The Evergreen State College nonetheless battled the NAIA's fourth-ranked team, Warner Pacific College, down to the end but dropped an 86-80 game at home on Saturday night.

The Geoducks, led by Marcus Whittaker's 27 points, cut the margin to just a basket, 79-77, on a trey by Whittaker with 2:42 to play, but could get no closer.

Evergreen had trailed by 13 at intermission, after being outshot 61 percent to 50 percent in the first half. In the second half, the Geoducks stayed scorching hot at 56 percent while Warner fell off to just 40 percent under intense defensive pressure by the Geoducks, who were without the services of leading scorer Adam Moore after he was ejected with 17:41 remaining in the game. He had 10 points.

David Howard, with 19, andDevon Connor-Green, with 16, picked up the slack for Evergreen.

Guard Scott O'Gallagher had a monster game for Warner with 35 points while Shane Stewart added 13 and Josh Jackson 12.

Evergreen will travel to Oregon Tech on Wednesday to open the Cascade Collegiate Conference playoffs.

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