Menefee now Geoducks all-time scoring leader, but Evergreen drops conference opener to EOU
OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Nate Menefee overcame a weeklong bout with a flu bug to score 26 points and become The Evergreen State College's all-time men's basketball scoring leader, but a team victory for the Geoducks was not in the cards as #23 Eastern Oregon University prevailed, 74-65, in the teams' Cascade Collegiate Conference opener on Friday night.
Menefee tied the record of 1704 points held by Trelton Spencer, a three-time NAIA All-America who played for the Geoducks from the program's inception in 1997 through 2001, on a pull-up jumper with 1:48 to play and broke it 16 seconds later with a three-pointer from just to the right of the top of the key. He will now go to work extending a record that stands at 1709. A transfer from Warner Pacific Univesity, Menefee is also marching up the Cascade Collegiate Conference charts with 2230 points scored while wearing the uniform of a conference school.
The game, which featured strong rebounding by Eastern (a 43-33 edge) and poor shooting by the Geoducks (33.9 percent against one of the nation's leaders in field goal percentage defense), was played at two different paces. After the Mounties (7-3, 1-0 in the CCC) went in at half time up 23-21, both teams upped the scoring in the second period with Eastern again more successful, 51-44.
Jordan Gregg led Eastern in scoring with 23 points and 11 rebounds while Steve Sawyers added 17 points and Cody Thurmond 13. In addition to Menefee's typical outburst, Julio Feliciano reached double figures for Evergreen (5-4, 0-1) with 14 and had a team-high nine points and three assists.
The Geoducks are at home again on Saturday to meet College of Idaho at 7:30 p.m.