Evergreen Men's Basketball at Northwest 2005

KIRKLAND, WA -- After losing a game to Warner Pacific due to missed free throws, the Evergreen men's basketball team picked up a conference road win as the Northwest Eagles missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity with two seconds left allowing the Geoducks to escape with a 52-51 win last night in Kirkland.

Poor shooting from the foul-line plagued the Eagles all night, as they wound up shooting only 45% from the stripe in dropping to 13-7 on the season and 4-3 in Cascade Conference play.

Meanwhile, the Geoducks snapped a seven game losing streak and inproved to 2-6 in conference and 7-14 overall.

The win may be a sign that the young Evergreen team is figuring out ways to win in one of the toughest conferences in the nation. Northwest University received votes as one of the top 25 teams in the nation. The Cascade Collegiate Conference has had six of ten teams in the top 25 this season.

Evergreen continues to get production from first-year players as Duriell Jones led the Geoducks with 20 points and five rebounds while Barson Collins added 15 points and seven rebounds.

Aaron Sawyer paced the Eagles with 18 points.

Evergreen will return to action Tuesday night at the Geoducks continue a five game road stretch at Cascade College in Portland.