Evergreen's hot shooting sinks Pacific
November 17, 2006
FOREST GROVE Evergreen recovered from a sluggish first half to shoot
a blistering 71 percent in the second half Friday, lifting the Geoducks to a 74-58 victory over Pacific at the Pacific Athletic Center .
After both teams struggled to find the net in the first half, the Geoducks
(2-1) found their touch and the holes in the Pacific defense, shooting 17 of 24 from the field and 6 of 9 from three-point range. The streak included a back-breaking 14-3 run over a four-minute stretch that kept the Boxers (0-1) from mounting a late rally.
Adam Moore came off the bench to score 20 points and grab eight rebounds, leading Evergreen in both categories. Greg Shawdovine scored 18 points while playing only in the second half and Devon Conner-Green added 16 points and seven rebounds.
A.J. Jergens led the Boxers with 18 points. Ross Bartlett added 16 points and eight rebounds.
Evergreen State outshot Pacific 50 percent (26-52) to 30 percent (19-63) for the game and held a 44-33 advantage on the boards. The win came despite 22 turnovers by the Geoducks, including 12 in the first half.
Both teams sputtered at the opening hit, missing a combined 15 field goal attempts in the first six and a half minutes before Pacific's Bartlett finally broke the ice with a short jumper at the 14:26 mark. Strong play eluded both teams, but the Geoducks did build a 12-6 lead with a pair of Connor-Green free throws with 8:36 left.
With three minutes left, Pacific's Danny Bright closed the lead to within one, 21-20, with his three-pointer, but Rahiti Mareres lay-up and Marcus Whittakers three-pointer backed the Boxers off as the Geoducks took a 26-21 lead into the break.
Evergreen State came out of the gate quick in the second half, opening up a 35-23 lead on three straight three-pointers in the opening three minutes.
The Geoducks found their final surge in the final seven minutes, outscoring Pacific 18-10 to close out the game. Shawdovine gave Evergreen State their largest lead of 19 points, 70-57, with his fourth three-pointer of the half with 3:41 remaining.
The Geoducks resume play Monday when they visit Division I Portland State at the Stott Center at 7:30 PM.