OLYMPIA, Wash. – Combining for 27 three-pointers, the Lewis-Clark State Warriors came out victorious against the Evergreen Geoducks, 98-85, in a non-conference NAIA men’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
The two squads matched up well early as neither team could build much of a lead. Lewis-Clark State used an 11-4 run to build a seven-point lead as the Warriors remained in control the rest of the first half, taking a 43-35 lead into the break.
In the second half, LCSC pushed the lead into double-digits, holding a 22-point advantage at one point, but the Geoduck continued to play hard, using a three-pointer by Michael Potter (Ridgefield, Wash./Ridgefield HS) with 34 seconds left to pull within thirteen at 98-85.
Evergreen was led by 22 points from forward Marc Taylor (Boise, Idaho/Skyview HS/Edmonds CC). Frankie Johnson (Renton, Wash./Hazen HS) added 20 points to go with 10 assists while Kyle Calhoun (Seattle, Wash./Hazen HS/Marshalltown CC) put up 14 points in the loss. KJ Hong (Federal Way, Wash./Decatur HS/Shoreline CC) rounded out the Geoducks in double-digits with 11 points.
L-C State was led by a game-high 28 points from Utah State transfer E.J. Farris. Robert Ellis and Brady Bagby each added 15 points while Jamaal Thomas put up 12 points in the win. The Warriors made 15 three-pointers on the night, including seven from Farris.
The Geoducks return to Cascade Conference play next week when they travel to Corban on Friday night. Tip with the Warriors is set for 7:30 p.m. at the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center in Salem, Ore.