SALEM, OR -- The Evergreen State College erased a three-point halftime deficit by scoring the initial 12 points in the second frame, then never trailed again to topple No. 16-ranked Western Baptist College in a men's Cascade Collegiate Conference action on Saturday, 86-84.
The Geoducks (11-17, 6-9 CCC) came into the contest last in the conference in field goal percentage, but connected at a 53 percent (32-61) clip to claim their second triumph over a nationally ranked team in the past three games. Meanwhile the Warriors (23-5, 9-5 CCC) - the league's top-shooting club - hit just 42 percent (28-66) from the floor to drop their first contest at home in 11 efforts.
Evergreen had five players score in double figures, led by Walter Tucker with 20 points. Tucker had a team-high eight rebounds and made 10 of 12 from the line, including six in a row in the closing seconds to seal the game. Duriell Jones had 13 points followed by Barson Collins with 12. Doug Dietz had three triples to finish with 11 and Josh Peterson added 10.
Western Baptist was paced by Jeff Dunn and Eric Fiegi with 22 and 21 points respectively. Joel Worcester joined Dunn with three treys and finished with 15 points. The Warriors launched 31 from beyond the arc on the night, connecting on 13. Fiegi topped the hosts with eight rebounds and had five blocked shots. Matt Larson delivered a game-high six assists.
Trailing by 11 points, 71-60, with five minutes to play the Warriors trimmed the deficit to one and had an opportunity to take the lead with just under two minutes remaining. However, Fiegi's attempt under the basket rolled off the rim and Evergreen extended its edge to six, 78-72, with a minute on the clock.
The Geoducks held a 41-29 advantage on the backboards, including 10 offensive caroms. Evergreen made 17 of 25 from the line and the Warriors tallied 15 of 20.In the first period both teams led by as many as six points. Western Baptist went into the locker room with a 38-35 halftime lead.