Evergreen Snaps Concordia Streak with 73-30 Road Win

February 1, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. - Down by twelve points in the first half, The Evergreen State College outscored Concordia 49-39 in the second period to grab a 73-70 Cascade Collegiate Conference road victory at Concordia University on Friday.

With the result, Evergreen improved to 14-5 on the season and 9-4 in the CCC. Concordia, entering the game with a season-long five-game winning streak, dropped to 11-11 overall and 7-6 in the conference.

In the first half, Concordia steadily put distance on Evergreen, eventually earning a 12-point lead via a Daniel Scheetz (Phoenix, Ariz./Shadow Mountain H.S.) layup with 3:43 left in the period.

In the opening 20 minutes, Jesse Alvarez (Guadalupe, Calif./Righetti H.S.) tied a career high with 11 points by going 4-of-4 from the field and hitting a trio of three pointers to pick up the offensive void left by an injury to starting senior Ryan Johnson (Vancouver, Wash./Evergreen H.S.). On the defensive end, Cody Aker (Portland, Ore./Wilson H.S.) supplied 10 rebounds to give the Cavs a first-half 24-16 edge in the department, aiding Concordia to a seven-point lead at the half despite 11 turnovers.

Closing out the half, the Geoducks would get an early jump on things to come following intermission with a mini 6-1 run that would cut the margin and provide Evergreen with a much-needed spark.

After connecting on just one of 10 attempts before the break, Nate Menafee (Lacey, Wash./Timberline H.S.) hit 5-of-7 shots and tallied 13 points in the second half to help mount the Geoduck comeback which was culminated by a Nick Moore (Fircrest, Wash./Bethel H.S.) three at the 10:20 mark to give Evergreen its first lead of the game.

Aker returned down the court with a three of his own to retake a short-lived lead but from there the Geoducks grinded out five-point gaps on three occasions, the final of which was established after a Menafee three-point dagger slipped through the net with 51 seconds remaining.

A Desmond Meray (Spanaway, Wash./Bethel H.S.) jumper and a pair of free throw by Ryan Murray (Pitt Meadow, B.C./Terry Fox) cut the difference to a single point with 19 seconds left to give the Cavaliers a slice of hope.

The Cavs put Marcus Washington at the line for two free throws where the senior guard calmly connected on both attempts in spite of an animated group of fans switching ends of the court in an effort to better disrupt the shooter.

Trailing 73-70, Murray would give the Cavs a final look to send the game into overtime. After creating an open look from the right side, Murray launched a buzzer-beating three pointer, which harmlessly struck the front iron to preserve the Evergreen win.

The Geoducks play Corban College in Salem, Oregon Saturday night in another conference game.

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