CALDWELL, Idaho – Held to just 11 points over the first 10 minutes of the game, the Evergreen Geoducks couldn’t overcome an early hole, falling to the College of Idaho Coyotes, 73-44, in a Cascade Conference men’s basketball game on Friday night at the J.A. Alberston Activites Center in Caldwell, Idaho.
After the Coyotes (8-15, 3-9 CCC) put up seven unanswered points in the first two minutes, the Geoducks (1-20, 0-12 CCC) finally got on the board at the 17:40 mark on a three-pointer by Patrick Lewis (Bremerton, Wash./Olympic College) but they green and white would be playing from behind the entire game. The hot-shooting ‘Yotes went up by double-digits with 12:32 left to play in the opening half and thanks to 65.7% first-half shooting, continued to pull ahead, taking a 46-21 lead into the break.
In the second half, the ‘Yotes cooled off as the Geoducks kept things even, holding CI to just five second-chance points, but Evergreen was kept out of the paint, recording just four points in the lane as College of Idaho collected the 73-44 win. The home team controlled the glass all night, out rebounding Evergreen, 43-26, for the game.
The Geoducks were led by 17 points from Mike DeRosier (Puyallup, Wash./South Puget Sound CC), who was five-of-eight from behind the arc and a perfect two-for-two on free throws. Lewis and Larry Green (Seattle, Wash./Grays Harbor CC) each added eight points in the losing effort while Elzie Dickens III (Seattle, Wash./Highline CC) brought down a team-high eight rebounds.
College of Idaho was led by 17 points from Zach Peterson, who was a perfect seven-for-seven from the field, including three-of-three from long distance. Rodney Delgardo added 15 points in the win while Ben Van Lith chalked up 10 to round out the ‘Yotes in double-digit points. After making 19-of-29 shots from the field in the first half, CI made just 10-of-28 attempts in the second half for 35.7%.
The Geoducks will hit the hardwood again on Saturday night when they take on Eastern Oregon. Tip with the Mounties is set for 7:30 pm at Quinn Coliseum in La Grande, Ore.