Evergreen State Endures Road Test against the Cavaliers with 107-97
PORTLAND, Ore.- Behind 38 points from Nate Menafee, the NAIA's third-leading scorer, Evergreen State defeated Concordia 107-97 in Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball action on Friday night.
With the win, Evergreen State improved to 13-5 overall and 6-2 in the CCC. Concordia fell to 12-6 overall and 3-5 in league play. Concordia returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Northwest University for a 7:30 p.m. tilt inside the Cavalier Gymnasium.
With eight ties in the first half of play, neither team generated an extended run as Evergreen State managed a 54-51 lead at the half, despite being outshot 52.9 percent to 45.0 percent in favor of the Cavaliers.
Evergreen State opened the second with an Anthony Gallagher layup for a five-point advantage before the Cavs would return with a 10-point spree which included dunks from Kevan West and Greg McFarland to give CU a 61-56 advantage.
The game would be squared on six more occasions in the second half, the final occurrence with the scoreboard showing 77-77 and 10 minutes left to play. Over the final fourth of the game, Evergreen would slowly creep away from eth Cavaliers on the power of 25 second-half points from Menafee, who converted 11 of 11 chances from the free throw line en route to his game-high 38-point tally. Menafee ended the game converting 17 of 18 from the line to balance an off-night on the floor (10 of 24).
Overall, the Geoducks connected on 29 of 34 from the free throw line for an 85.3 percent success rate while the Cavs, after hitting just 11 of 20 in the first half, came back with 15 makes in 21 attempts in the second half to finish with a 63.4 percent from the free throw line.
Concordia managed a slight advantage in rebounds with a 49-45 edge which included 17 boards on the offensive end. Both teams limited their turnovers with CU committing 13 such errors to 11 for Evergreen State.
Alex Tiefenthaler led six players in double figures for the Cavs with 18 points on a 6 of 13 shooting night. Jourdan Sweeney and Dustin Hiebert added 15 points, McFarland and Jeff Sego each had 11 and Gage Aker pitched in with 10.
Sweeney led the court with a season-best 16 rebounds for his fourth ‘double-double' of the season.
After Menafee, four additional players reached double figures for Evergreen State as Josh Troyer finished with 15, Ben Wilson and Desmond Martin 14 and Amos Saffold 10.