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Late Game Surge by Lewis & Clark Gives Them 73-61 Win over Geoducks

Story courtesy of Lewis and Clark College Sports Information

November 25, 2008

LEWISTON, Idaho - The Lewis and Clark College basketball team pulled off a 73-61 win over our Geoducks tonight at the Pamplin Sports Center.

The Pioneers were off to a strong start in the first half, as they went into halftime ahead 33-27. Despite shooting just 32.4% from the field to the Geoducks' 38.7%, the Pioneers were able to maintain the lead for the first 20 minutes of the game.

In the second half, the Geoducks went on an offensive rampage, attacking the Pioneer defense relentlessly. With the Pioneers' six point lead deteriorating quickly, Evergreen capitalized on their only opportunity to take over.

The Geoducks went on a 21-2 run in the first six minutes of the half.

The Pioneers slowly began chipping away at the Geoducks 19 point second half lead. By 8:24, the Pioneers were within two points, down just 51-49.

For L&C, A Tyson Papenfuss jumpshot at 7:20 tied the score for the first time in the second half.

On the Pioneers' next trip down on offense, Hollins hit a three from the baseline corner just in front of the L&C bench to get all of the Pioneer fans on their feet. Then a three pointer by Josh Kollasch that secured the lead at 10 points, 65-55.

After the 4:00 mark, the Geoducks never got closer than nine, and began fouling at the 2:00 mark in hopes to gain possession on a miss. But the Pioneers were solid from the free throw line, going 18-23 on the night.

Nathan Menefee led the Geoducks with 20 points, 4 assists and 1 steal. Towering Steve Trotter was big under the boards and grabbed 18 rebounds to add to his 10 points for his second double double performance of the season.

Both teams were fairly evenly matched in field goal percentage, hovering around a low 37%. From the three point range the Geoducks had a rough night, making just 13.6% of their attempts.

Evergreen remains on the road for their next two games in a post-Thanksgiving tournament hosted by Lewis & Clark State in Lewiston, Idaho. Friday they play the host team and Saturday the Geoducks match with The University of Great Falls (MT).