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Geoducks Upset #18 Concordia, 68-63

January 11, 2003

by Devin Jones

OLYMPIA, WA -- "We don't lose at home.and nobody disrespects us when they come to our gym!" Those were just some of the words muttered amongst the Geoduck players before Saturday nights match-up between The Evergreen State College (4-2 conference, 9-10 overall) and the number 18th ranked team in the nation, the Concordia Cavaliers (4-1 conference, 10-4 overall).

The crowd-pleasing battle and the game's intensity never seemed to let up for the full 40 minutes. The Geoducks prevailed, 68-63, upsetting the Cavaliers and handing them their first conference loss of the season.

Neither team seemed to have complete control of the game or the lead, especially in the first half. Buckets were matched one after the other and the lead bounced back and forth between the teams.

At the end of the half each team had knocked down 13 field goals, and the Cavaliers held a small three-point lead.

The second half was just as exciting as the first. Steals led to fast break lay-ups and the tension only got higher as the game went on.

Evergreen found themselves trailing by six with just under 7 minutes to play in the game. Fortunately the Geoducks weren't willing to let their golden opportunity slip away.

The Geoducks full court pressure, which caused 14 Cavalier turnovers on the night, forced Concordia to make crucial mistakes late in the game, allowing the Geoducks to battle back. Evergreen finally gained the lead on Mike Parker's (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) jumper with less than three minutes in the game, and never let it go, ending the Cavaliers seven game win streak.

Parker led all scorers for the game with 21 points on 9-18 shooting. Parker also grabbed six boards to go along with five assists and two blocks.

Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) and Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) gave Parker an excellent supporting cast in the win. Fielding had 17 points (7-11), including two free throws with under a minute to play to seal the victory. Fielding also had four assists, and a team high five steals. Laneer knocked down 16 points (6-11) and snatched six rebounds on the night.

Concordia had four players score in double figures, but it wasn't enough to stop the Geoducks. Andre Johnson led the Cavaliers with 13 points on 5-11 shooting. Jon Lee and Jerry Smith each chipped in 11 points and Steve Ford added 10 in the loss.

Overall the Geoducks beat the Cavaliers on the boards 37-34. It is only the second time this season the Geoducks have not been outrebounded. All three Evergreen coaches seemed to agree by saying, "I'm proud of the way our guys played tonight."

The Geoducks will be back in action on Tuesday evening, January 14, when they travel to Oregon to face Warner Pacific College. Game time will be at 8:00 p.m.