SEATTLE – Playing a team ranked in the top-ten nationally for the second straight night, the Evergreen Geoducks couldn’t earn the upset as the eighth-ranked Seattle Pacific Falcons earned the 80-45 win on Saturday evening at Brougham Pavilion in Seattle.
Seattle Pacific (8-1) got off to the quick start, pushing the lead into double-digits just over five minutes into the game on a jumper by Cory Hutsen that gave SPU the 14-4 lead. The Geoducks (1-7) found their shot at the Falcons cooled a bit but SPU continued to stay warm from behind the arc as the lead continued to grow.
The advantage hit 20 points for the Falcons with a little over five minutes to go in the first half as Alex Weber-Brader made a layup to give Seattle Pacific the 34-14 lead. The differential would hover around 20 for the remainder of the period as SPU took the 40-20 lead into the break.
The Falcons continued to fly away in the second half as the lead approached 30 around the midpoint of the half. The Geoducks continued to battle , improving their shooting percentage to X in the second half but it wasn’t enough to close the gap, falling 80-45.
Evergreen was led by 15 points off the bench from senior Elzie Dickens (Seattle, Wash./Highline CC). Cody Peters (Coupeville, Wash./Western Oregon Univ.) scored nine for the green and white, one night after posting 24 points against Lewis-Clark State. The Geoducks made 16-of-48 attempts on the night, including identical 8-of-24 in each half, for 33.3%.
Seattle Pacific was led by 14 points from David Downs. Jobi Wall added 13 points while Gonzaga transfer Andy Poling finished with 12. Weber-Brader led the SPU bench with 10 points on the night. The Falcons shot 45.9% on the night, making 28-of-61 attempts.
The Geoducks wrap up the non-conference portion of their schedule on Tuesday when they head across to mountains to take on Central Washington. Tip with the Wildcats is set for 7 p.m. at Nicholson Pavilion in Ellensburg, Wash.