Geoducks Get Hustled by Owls, 88-64
November 22, 2002
by Devin Jones
KLAMATH FALL, OR -- Any coach would say that in order to win a team must play well for two halves…not just one. That's exactly what happened to the Geoducks on Friday night. Evergreen (1-2) played well for one half, while the Oregon Tech Hustlin' Owls (7-0) played well for two. The result, an 88-64 win in favor of the Owls.
Oregon Tech, who is currently ranked sixth in the nation in the NAIA Division II poll, was forced to battle for at least 20 minutes as the Geoducks put on the pressure and only trailed by eight going into the second half. Evergreen did what they needed, and wanted to do in the first half, and that was keep the game close and contain the offensive force of the Owls.
Unfortunately, as the second half began, so did the offensive force of Oregon Tech. The Owls started the half on a 12-0 run, which built their lead to 20 (51-31), and they never looked back.
With 15 minutes remaining in the game, the Geoducks finally stopped the run with an Adam LaneerTumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) jumper, the Geoducks first two points of the half. (
Evergreen kept battling till the end, but the Owls' hot shooting kept the game out of reach. Oregon Tech shot an even 50% (35-70) from the field for the game, along with an even 50% (5-10) from the three-point line in the second half.
The Geoducks weren't as fortunate as they struggled from the field, shooting only 42% (26-61) for the game, including 34% (8-23) from the three-point line.
After the game Evergreen Head Coach John Barbee stated, "I just hope our guys can bounce back from the loss. We have another game tomorrow and if we can win that game and go 2-1 in this tournament, then that's pretty good; especially considering how tough it is to play here."
The hot hand of Florian Houguet, who was 9-11 from the field and ended the game with 22 points and 7 rebounds, led the Oregon Tech attack.
Kevin Baker contributed 18 points on 7-10 shooting and also had 6 rebounds. Point guard Todd Matthews dished out a game high 12 assists, and overall the Owls had 10 more assists than the Geoducks 25-15.
Laneer led all scorers with a game high 24 points on 11-17 shooting. Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) and Haikima Moore (Dallas, Tex. / Allen HS) contributed 12 and 11 points, respectively, and both players brought down 7 rebounds for the game.
"Overall we're moving in the right direction," said Coach Barbee, "we're going to continue to grow and learn."
Evergreen will try and continue to move in the right direction tomorrow evening as they face the Concordia Cavaliers on the final day of the Cascade Conference Tournament; this game will decide the third place winner.