Evergreen State battles back but falls 91-81
By Darren Woods
Evergreen Sports Information
LEWISTON, Idaho – Evergreen State was handed their fourth loss of the season Friday night in a non-conference showdown to Lewis-Clark State College at the Life Flight Network Thanksgiving Tournament in Lewiston, Idaho. The Geoducks, who came into the game on a three game losing skid, were outscored 91-81 in the loss after overcoming a 50-33 deficit at halftime to the Warriors (3-1) who also host the tournament.
The Geoducks could not find their rhythm early on as they shot an unimpressive 25 percent (4-16) from three-point land to the Warrior’s 50 percent (7-14). The frustration continued for the road team as Evergreen head coach Arvin Mosley received a technical foul with just over eight minutes to go in the first half.
The second half started out much like the first half ended for the Geoducks as Lewis-Clark State extended their lead to 68-39 which was the biggest lead of the game. From that point on, the Geoducks played inspired basketball as they went on a 42-18 run, narrowing the scoring gap to just five points with under a minute to play. However, it would prove too much as the Warriors scored five unanswered points to overtake the visiting Geoducks.
Four of the five Warrior starters scored in double-digits as the starting five accounted for 62 of Lewis-Clark’s 91 points.
Evergreen’s Mikey Hope (Tacoma, Wash. / Foss HS) came off the bench to lead all scorers with a season high 22 points while he shot 9-13 from the floor and 2-4 from the arc. Marice Tolliver (Tacoma, Wash. / Mt. Tahoma HS) had his second double-double in as many games, scoring 15 points and pulling down a season high 16 rebounds and five assists in the losing effort. Senior Josh Troyer (Vancouver, Wash. / Evergreen HS/ Lower Columbia) also had 15 points as he shot 50 percent from the floor. Conversly, starting point guard Tyrell Dixon (Tacoma, Wash. / Mt. Tahoma HS) had an off night shooting, going just 1-9 from the floor and 0-4 from three-point land. Dixon finished the game with four points, two assists and two steals.
The Geoducks hope to end their losing streak Saturday night as they take on Carroll College in their final game of the tournament. Lewis-Clark State faces Walla Walla University to round out tournament play for the weekend.