Geoducks Plow Over Defending NAIA Champions Oregon Tech
Nick Moore posted 20 points vs OIT tonight
December 20, 2008
Olympia, WA - Evergreen (NAIA Division II #16 pulled away early in the second period and never looked back for a big 82-68 win over Cascade Conference rival Oregon Tech (NAIA Div. II #1).
The Geoducks move to 3-0 in the Cascade Conference and a 7-2 overall record. OIT, losing their first game of the season to Evergreen, slips to 3-1 in the CCC and 13-1 overall.
Winning against the perennial conference powerhouse OIT is not foreign to the Geoducks. Before OIT went on to win the national title last season, ESC had beaten the Owls two of their three meetings. Evergreen stripped OIT of their 07-08 conference title opportunity by defeating them in Klamath Falls in the second round of the tournament.
In today's game, held in the afternoon because of the snowstorm covering the area, the matchup played out fairly evenly in the first half. Evergreen held a slim 35-32 lead over Tech heading into the break. ESC shot 46% of field goals to OIT's 42%.
Jguwon Hogges of OIT had a good first half run and kept the Geoducks busy defending the speedy guard. Hogges netted 15 points in the first period.
Tall man Steve Trotter had 10 points for Evergreen to lead the team in the first 20 minutes.
A couple of minutes into the second half Evergreen found their fire. By seven minutes in, the Geoducks had plowed ahead to a 20 point lead.
The run was helped by Nick Moore's two-in-a-row three pointers and Nathan Menefee added two of his own. Both would total 14 points in the second half.
Actually, the run never stopped for the Geoducks. The team allowed the Owls to only close the gap to a 14 point margin by the final buzzer.
As a team, Evergreen played well-rounded ball. For the game they made 57% of their field goals and 30% of their 3 point attempts. They were less successful in their free throw numbers, but Geoducks only went to the line 10 times in the game for a 50% success rate.
It wasn't just the high scorers that contributed to Evergreen's win. Julio Feliciano had a big game for Evergreen. He assisted on 10 baskets (A top-10 all-time ESC performance), scored 5 points, snagged 7 rebounds and 3 steals. Michael Ward had 10 points, 3 steals and an assist.
Menefee and Moore totaled 21 and 20 total points respectively. Menefee added 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Moore had 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks.
Hogges was the game leader in scoring with 24 points for OIT. He played a strong defensive game, snatching 4 steals and adding 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Just two players scored in double digits for OIT, who shot just under 40% as a team.
Evergreen will head to Cheney, Washington for a non-league game versus NCAA Div. I Eastern Washington University Monday night.