Evergreen Men's Basketball at Warner Pacific 2005

February 18, 2005

OLYMPIA, WA -- The Evergreen Geoducks jumped out to a 10-0 lead over visiting Warner Pacific College, then watched their lead evaporate as the Knights outscored Evergreen 30-15 over the remainder of the first half to take a 30-25 lead into the locker room.

The Knights used a press to stymie the Geoduck attack and generate their own offense off Evergreen turnovers.

But Evergreen clawed their way back into the lead in the second period from-of all places-the free-throw line. The Geoducks, who are last in the league in free-throw percentage, converted 23 of 35 second-half free-throws to down the Knights 68-64 and gain ground in a tight conference race.

The win ties Evergreen with Warner Pacific for fifth place in the Cascade Conference race at 8-9 in league play. Northwest University needed overtime to down basement-dweller Cascade College and remain in a three-way tie with Evergreen and Warner Pacific. Northwest and Warner Pacific face each other tomorrow night while Evergreen plays host to Cascade College in the Geoducks' last home game of the season.

Doug Dietz led Evergreen in scoring with 16 points as the junior forward went three of four from behind the arc and five of six from the free-throw line. Duriell Jones added 14 points and pulled in a game-high seven rebounds. Big man Barson Collins added 15 points and hit several crucial free-throws down the stretch to hold off the Knights.

Warner Pacific's Donny Woods led all scorers with 19 points. Wes Powers and Joe Hoover added 15 and 11 respectively in the loss.