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Men's Basketball vs Concordia 2005

January 8, 2005

OLYMPIA, WA -- It was the Concordia University Cavaliers making baskets when it mattered tonight, as the Evergreen State College Geoducks dropped their second Cascade Collegiate Conference match-up in two nights. In an otherwise dead heat, the Geoducks missed some bunnies down the stretch to let the Cavs escape Olympia with an 86-82 win.

The loss dropped Evergreen to 1-5 in conference play while Concordia picked up their first conference win. Concordia moves to 7-9 on the season while Evergreen takes a step backward to 6-13 on the year.

The games first half saw an up-tempo game with both teams looking to push the ball to the hoop. Evergreen got good dribble penetration from Giovonne Woods and Durriell Jones as regulars Josh Peterson and Walter Tucker watched from the bench. Evergreen managed a respectable 54 percent shooting in the first half as Barson Collins led the team with 14 points from the paint.

But Concordia managed to take a 50-50 tie into half time as the Geoducks had no answer for Michael Lay whose drives to the basket resulted in easy baskets for himself and his teammates on the dish. Lay had nine first half points and five assists.

Evergreen went on a 7-0 run to start the second half as Walter Tucker tallied a quick five points. But Lay converted two steals into easy baskets and pulled the Cavs back to within one, 57-56.

The two teams stayed close until CU opened a 74-67 lead as Lay picked the Geoducks two more times.

Evergreen pulled back to within two when Antonio McClinon hit two free throws and Duriell Jones knocked down a three with just under eight minutes remaining.

But down the stretch, Concordia's John Lee hit a three for an 81-76 Cavalier lead. Evergreen responded with a slew of missed jumpers. Barson Collins, who led all scorers with 24 points, threw down a dunk with 1:50 to play to get Evergreen to within three. But the Geoducks were forced to foul with the Cavs leading by two with 35 seconds to go.

CU missed four straight free throws to give Evergreen hope. But the Geoducks came up empty on the offensive end and the Cavaliers slipped out of the College Recreation Center with a 86-82 win.