Last second basket puts SOU over Evergreen
January 20, 2007
ASHLAND, Oregon - Evergreen lost a close one to Southern Oregon University Saturday night. The Raiders (12-10, 5-6) won on a last second banked jump shot from freshman Jason Nunnemaker, setting the score at a final 66-64 over Evergreen (7-14, 3-8).
Ranked No. 8 in the Cascade Conference, the Geoducks started the game out with an early five-point lead and three Raider turnovers. The Geoducks reached the five-point lead three times within the first six minutes of the game before the Raiders tied the game thirteen minutes before the first half and eventually a four point lead at intermission.
Devon Conner-Green brought Evergreen within one with a lay-up followed by a three-pointer. The Raiders maintained the lead, but the Geoducks played tough, never letting the lead exceed the five-point mark.
With 13 minutes remaining in the game, Marcus Whittaker connected on a lay-up while also drawing a OIT foul to earn his way to the charity stripe. Whittaker nailed his extra point to return the lead to the Geoducks, 44-43. In the final 11 minutes of the game, there were five ties, including lead changes each time. With four minutes remaining Conner-Green went one for two at the line to reach the eighth tie of the game, 55-55.
The Raiders had possession with three-seconds remaining following an Evergreen foul. After a time-out, the Raiders in-bounded the ball to Nunnemaker who drove his way into the paint and shot a turn-around jump shot which banked and went in with the final second ticking away, giving the Raiders the 66-64 win.
Adam Moore led the Geoducks with 19 points on the night and six rebounds Whittaker finished with 17 points while Conner-Green had 14 points.
The Geoducks hit 50-percent of their shots and sunk 78-percent of the shots from the penalty stripe. Southern Oregon shot 53 percent from the field and 66 percent of free throws.
Evergreen play tomorrow night in Eugene, Oregon when they are hosted by Northwest Christian College.