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Big Game for Menefee in a Back and Forth 90-87 Loss to Eastern Washington

Story courtesy of EWU sports information

December 22, 2008

CHENEY, Wash. - Nate Menefee scored an ESC career high 36 points last night as the team fell in a close 90-87 loss to Eastern Washington University (NCAA Div I. 7-5 overall) at Reese Court on the EWU campus.

In a game that featured 27 lead changes and 12 ties, the Eagles tied the game and took the lead for good with 1:22 left on a pair of free throws by EWU's Brandon Moore. His performance helped overcome a 66 percent shooting night for the Geoducks that included the 36-point effort by Menefee.

The Eagles snapped a three-game losing streak with the victory over the 7-3 Geoducks. Evergreen entered the game ranked 16th in NAIA Division II and were coming off an 82-68 win over that division's No. 1 ranked team, Oregon Tech.

Evergreen will now rest for the winter break as they conclude their pre-Christmas schedule. They will resume play with a full conference schedule beginning with an away game at Cascade College on January 2nd.

The Eagles Moore made 6-of-12 shots from the field and 10-of-13 free throws against the Geoducks, and seven of his rebounds came on the offensive end. The 6-foot-9 Moore came just one point from his career high of 23 points set as a freshman against Evergreen.

Eastern had a 40-25 rebounding advantage, including 17 offensive boards, and had 25 second chance points compared to none for Evergreen.

Menefee, a junior from Tacoma (Timberline HS), made 16-of-21 shots from the field and also had five assists. Nick Moore had 19 points on perfect 7-of-7 shooting and 6-foot-8 center Julio Feliciano had nine assists and three steals.

For EWU, Andy Genao had nine rebounds and Chris Busch added six. All five Eastern starters scored in double figures with Benny Valentine adding 16 points, four assists and a pair of steals. Mark Dunn scored 13 points, Milan Stanojevic had 11 and Genao chipped in 10.

The Geoducks had a 14-4 advantage in fast break points and made 10-of-15 three-point attempts. Eastern made 45 percent of its shots from the field and 22-of-30 free throws for 73 percent.

The first half featured eight lead changes and five ties as Menafee made 12-of-16 shots en route to a 28-point performance. Eastern's Moore had 13 points, eight rebounds and three assists prior to intermission.

Eastern finished with a season-high for points, with the previous most 78 in a win over UC Irvine on Nov. 30. However, the Eagles allowed their second-most points this season, with Minnesota scoring 88 versus EWU on Nov. 26.

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