Menefee-Led Geoducks Take Down NCAA D-I Seattle U, 87-82

November 11, 2008

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Geoducks pulled away from a 76-76 tie with 2 minutes remaining to defeat Seattle University 87-82 on the Redhawks home turf tonight. Nate Menefee totaled 30 points in the win as Evergreen starts off the season with a 1-0 record.

Seattle University switched their athletic programs to NCAA Division I this season and the basketball team will play 20 D I games on their schedule.

The Redhawks won their first game last Friday over NAIA opponent Pt. Loma Nazarene in an exhibition game.

The Geoducks were on the board first after SU missed two jumpers in a row. Menefee drove in a layup to put ESC up two. Halfway into the first period the scores remained low as both teams played steal and turnover ball.

The teams entered the break with a score of 37-33 in SU's favor. In the next period, Evergreen took the lead again on a 3 point shot by Menefee to put the score at 47-46 six minutes in. The team was able to pull ahead by as much as 5 points before the Redhawks closed the gap.

Seattle's Shaun Burl stole the ball and went in for a layup with just under 10 minutes remaining. ESC's Michael Ward was called for a foul on the play and send Burl to the free throw line where he tied up the game at 60-60.

Evergreen and Seattle stayed close until a dunk by Geoduck Nick Moore led the green and white on a charge. Another dunk by Steve Trotter put Evergreen up by six and the team was worry free for the last 25 seconds.

Evergreen improved their second half shooting, scoring 54 points to Seattle's 45.

In addition to Menefee's 30 points, Trotter had 18 and Moore had 16. Seattle was led in scoring by Chris Gweth who totaled 20 points. The Geoducks shot 51.6% in field goal attempts and made 60% of their free throws. Seattle was 43.8% and 73%.

Turnovers were high in the game with 18 and 20 respectively for ESC and SU. Seattle nabbed 14 steals in the game to Evergreen's 9.

The next game for Evergreen is on the road against another NCAA D I opponent, University of Idaho. The 7:00 Friday game will happen in Moscow, ID.