Geoducks outshoot, but don't outscore Oregon Tech in 86-79 CCC defeat
OLYMPIA, Wash. --- The Evergreen State College took advantage of the familiar shooting backgrounds of its home court to light up the nets at a 56 percent clip in Saturday night's men's basketball game with Oregon Tech, including 10 of 20 from beyond the three-point line. Trouble was, Oregon Tech shot 53 percent, outrebounded the Geoducks by a wide margin and won, 86-79.
The loss knocked Evergreen out of a first place tie in the Cascade Collegiate Conference and left Warner Pacific alone in first with Oregon Tech (17-3, 6-2) hot on the Knights trail after knocking off the previous two co-leaders, Northwest University and Evergreen (12-6, 5-2) in one weekend, on the road.
Although the Owls grabbed a ten-point lead at the half, 45-35, Evergreen hung around and hung around, cutting Oregon Tech's lead to three, 82-79, with 18 seconds to go on a putback by Julio Feliciano, who finished with 12 points and game highs with 9 rebounds and 8 assists. But Tech made its free throws down the stretch to complete its weekend road sweep of the Washington schools.
Evergreen's Nate Menefee led the game in scoring with 29 and team mate Anthony Gallagher had 16. Justin Parnell paced Oregon Tech with 28 and Joseph Foster had 26.
The Geoducks are on the road next week at the Portland schools, Concordia and Warner Pacific.