Collin Spickerman had 17 points and seven rebounds, and Max Livingston added 16 points and six rebounds as the Clark College men’s basketball opened league with a scrappy 65-56 win over Green River in Auburn.
The Penguins won despite an off night by one of their leading scorers, Sean Price. Price was held to 2-for-12 shooting from the field and scored seven points.
“To open league and win on the road with one of your leading scorers struggling is a good sign,” Clark coach Alex Kirk said.
Clark led 34-24 at halftime, but had to fight off the Gators in the second half.
“It was a really physical game,” Kirk said. “The refs let them play. It was a good learning experience for us. A lot of whistles that we were used to getting on non-conference play just weren’t coming tonight.”
Ronald Eksnis added 12 points for Clark, which will host Lower Columbia on Wednesday, starting a stretch of four games in seven days.
Clark women 98, Green River 55 — Four Clark players scored in double figures as the Penguins opened West Division play with a one-sided victory on the road.
Brooke Bowen led all scorers with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists.
Nicolette Bond had 20 points and six rebounds, Shantell Jackson had 18 points and seven rebounds, and Haley Grossman had 15 points and six rebounds for Clark.
Clark (9-2 overall) shot 54 percent for the game and outrebounded the Gators 48-31.