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119-85 Win for Geoducks Tonight!

January 30, 2009

OLYMPIA, Wash. - In Cascade Conference play #25 NAIA Div II Evergreen defeated Concordia 119-85 in the Greenhouse, the teams second highest winning score in school history.

The Geoducks are 2-0 against the Cavaliers this season.

Nathan Menefee (Jr. Tacoma, Wash.) had his 16th 20+ point game of the season, pulling farther ahead of the all-time school record of 14 in a season, as he leads Evergreen to their 9th Cascade Conference win with 33 points. Menefee also ties the 30+ point games in a season record of 7 set by All-American Quincy Wilder in the 2001-02 season.

All 13 players on the Evergreen roster played minutes in the game with each scoring at least one point.

The first half of the game was an interesting back and forth game as both teams shot over 50% in field goal attempts. Fouls were being called freely, including a controversial double foul call on ESC John Levi III and CU's Jeff Sego during a scramble for a loose ball. That call had both coaches debating with officials over the procedures for who would inbound the ball during half time.

At the half the Geoducks held a 52-46 lead over Concordia. Evergreen was fired up in the second period and five minutes in they began to pull away from the Cavs.

Newcomers like Johnny Sarysz (SO, Renton, Wash.) had a chance to get into the game and excited Evergreen fans by making 4 of 4 from the three point range.

Michael Ward (SR, Kansas City, MO) gave Evergreen 16 points and Sarysz had an ESC career high of 12 points. Menefee wowed with a 76.5 % success rate of field goal attempts, his highest of the season.

Steven Vaughan led the Cavaliers with 20 points. Daniel Scheetz was the runner-up scorer for his team with 14 and Gage Aker tallied 13 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Evergreen shot 62% for the game to Concordia's 47.5%. They lead CU 36-27 in rebounds as well. The Geoducks improve to 13-7 overall and 9-4 in the conference.

Their conference record ties with three other teams, Oregon Tech, Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho. Evergreen still remains at #4 in the CCC and Warner Pacific has taken over the #1 spot in the conference with a 10-4 record.

Evergreen hosts Corban College (5-8 CCC, 9-13) tomorrow night at 7:30.

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