Updated Nov 28, 2011 - 5:17 pm
Preview: Seattle U vs. The Evergreen State College
By Gary Hill
Seattle U (1-2) vs. The Evergreen State College (1-6, 0-0 CCC)
Where: Showare Center (Kent, Wash)
When: Monday Nov. 28, at 7 p.m.
Radio: 710 ESPN Seattle
Series: Tied 7-3
Last meeting: SU won 51-29 in 2005-06 season
Evergreen has made 3 runs the past 11 years to the NAIA National Tournament. Former USC Trojan and local standout Quincy Wilder teamed with sharpshooter Andre Stewart to form a devastating offensive duo during the 2001-02 season. The Geoducks won a school record 20 games in a row at one point and took down Seattle U in impressive fashion 71-59. Wilder played for former Seattle U coach Joe Callero at Highline CC and USC. Evergreen again made back to back trips to the National Tournament under Jeff Drinkwine in 08-09 and 09-10. Nate Menefee was one of the top college basketball players in the state regardless of level. He averaged nearly 25 points a game for his career and exploded for 57 in one night. The two-time All-American led Evergreen to a win over Seattle U in exhibition action in the first transition year for Seattle U. Hard times have hit Evergreen since the departure of Menefee and his coach Drinkwine. Former Tacoma Community College coach Arvin Mosley took the helm last year as the short-handed Geoducks stumbled to a 20-loss season. Evergreen is off to a very tough start this year as well as they try and recapture their past basketball glory.
The Ones to Watch:
Marice Tolliver- 6'6 220 SR F- 19 ppg 8.8 rbds 3.4 assts
Tolliver does it all for Evergreen and they lean on him heavily on the offensive end. He nearly averages 20 and 10 and has a green light on the offensive end. He has not received a great deal of help from his supporting cast so far this season.
Keys to the Game:
1. Stop Tolliver. It will be interesting to see to draws the assignment on the main Evergreen man.
2. Frontline Repeat. The SU frontline dominated Montana State on both ends of the floor which led to the first win of the year.
3. Patience. Seattle U was very patience on the offensive end the last time out and it resulted in easy buckets.
Numbers to Know:
1. SU is one win away from .500 on the year.
9. The number who played against the Bobcats as Cameron Dollar tightened the rotation.
Don't forget: Don't go to the KEY! We are in Kent tonight, and you can always find us on 710 ESPN Seattle.
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