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Geoducks Bounce Back - Defeat Mountaineers

January 4, 2003

by Devin Jones

LA GRANDE, OR -- The Evergreen State College Geoducks rebounded from their loss on Friday evening to Albertson College, and defeated the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers in a conference battle, 86-82.

The Geoducks (6-10 overall, 2-2 conference) jumped on the Mountaineers (4-6 overall, 1-3 conference) early scoring the first 11 points of the game and held a 16 point lead midway through the first half.

Despite Evergreen's hot shooting (7-15 from three - 46%) the Mountaineers wouldn't give up and cut the lead to four just before halftime.

At the beginning of the second half Eastern Oregon took a four-point lead 53-49, but the Geoducks wouldn't allow the Mountaineers to go any further. The Geoducks regained the lead and never let go, finishing the game on top.

Evergreen rode a balanced scoring attack to victory with five players scoring in double figures. In his first start as a Geoduck, Chris Ferguson (Los Angeles, Cal. / University HS) scored a career high 15 points on 5-11 shooting in just 21 minutes of play.

Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) led the Geoducks with 17 points on 8-14 shooting and also had team highs of nine rebounds, and five steals. Parker also matched his career high of five blocks in the game.

team highs of nine rebounds, and five steals. Parker also matched his career high of five blocks in the game.

Adam Laneer (Tumwater Was. / Tumwater HS) added 15 points (6-14) for Evergreen, while Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) dropped in 14 (5-6) and Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Was. / Puyallup HS) knocked down 10 (3-7) helping lead the Geoduck attack. Overall Evergreen shot 47% (32-68) from the field, including 40% (9-22) from the three point line.

Eastern Oregon countered with a balanced attack of their own. Neil Collins led the Mountaineers with 17 points on 7-11 shooting in just 18 minutes of play. Larry Smith struggled from the field going 6-12 (2-13 from three), giving him 16 points for the night.

Nate Cauffman chipped in 14 (6-15) for Eastern Oregon, while Jason Crawley and Tony Luper each added 12 points in the loss.

The Geoducks will face Walla Walla College on Monday, January 6, in a non-conference match-up. The Geoducks will then head home to face Western Baptist College on Friday, January 10.