Beacons Upset Geoducks in Eugene

Story Courtesy of Northwest Christian Sports Information

February 7, 2009

EUGENE, Ore. - The Northwest Christian University basketball court continues to hand out disappointing losses to the Geoducks. First, the team lost to Southern Oregon on January 19th in a make up game on that court and then last night a 20 point loss to the determined Beacons.

If the Geoducks underestimated NCU heading into the game it would have been a mistake. After playing numerous close games this season with the elite teams in the Cascade Conference, Northwest Christian University finally broke through on Saturday, grabbing an 87-67 victory over Evergreen State.

The win over the Geoducks is the first in school history for NCU against a team ranked in the NAIA's top-25. The Beacons put on the pressure from the outset jumping ahead 6-0 while holding Evergreen scoreless for the first 2:15.

A six-point lead turned to eight and with 7:38 to go in the half, Drew Laird hit a three-pointer to give the Beacons a 26-15 lead. Evergreen, however, fought back with a 10-0 run to climb within 26-25, and they hung around for the rest of the half as NCU took a 34-32 lead into the intermission.

Andrew Miller and Andrew Williams hit back-to-back baskets to open the second half and the Beacons went ahead by six.

Evergreen climbed within three points on a Nate Menefee triple, but that was as close as the Geoducks would come. The Beacons put on the pressure throughout the half, shooting 67% from the field while holding ESC to just 37% in the frame, and NCU led by as many as 26 points before settling for an impressive 20-point margin of victory.

Evergreen (15-8, 11-5 CCC) was led by Nick Moore with 23 points, adding five rebounds and five blocked shots. Menefee, who is averaging 24.3 points per game to lead the entire nation, scored just one field goal in the second half and finished with 16.

Northwest Christian (14-11, 8-8) was led offensively by Dylan Perry, coming off the bench with game highs of 23 points, nine rebounds, five assists and four steals. Miller added 16 points on 7-for-9 shooting and Jordan Whittenburg hit three triples en route to 13 points.

On the night NCU shot 56% and out-rebounded the Geoducks, 42-35.

The Geoducks face two tough opponents this weekend on the road. Friday they play College of Idaho (RV) in Caldwell, Idaho and Saturday the Mounties of Eastern Oregon (#13) in LeGrande. Both games will have live stats or internet broadcasts available via their websites.

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