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Men's Basketball vs Eastern Oregon 2004

December 17, 2004

OLYMPIA, WA -- The Evergreen State College Geoducks opened up a comfortable first half lead as they hosted the Eastern Oregon University Mountaineers in tonight's Cascade Collegiate Conference opener. But things got sticky in the second half as the Mountaineers clawed their way back into the contest.

Evergreen (5-7) led at the break by 12 at the break 35-23 as Walter Tucker lit up the Mountaineers for 17 points on five of 10 shooting. The Geoducks committed only 4 turnovers in the period while forcing the Mountaineers to cough the ball up a dozen times.

But the game slowed to a glacial pace in the second period as it took Evergreen nearly 15 minutes to score their next ten points. Meanwhile, the Mountaineers, who got off only sixteen shots in the second half, chipped at the Evergreen gap. Eastern Oregon made the most of their limited opportunities as they shot 62 percent from the field in the second half including four timely three-pointers.

With 6:40 left to go, long-range specialist Mark Carollo tied the game at 43-43 with one of his six treys on the night.

Evergreen responded as Tucker and Giovonne Woods hit back-to-back jumpers. But Carollo struck again to keep the spread at one.

Josh Peterson tipped-in to put the Geoducks back up by three.

But Eastern's Neil Collins hit from behind the arc to tie the game at 49-49 with 3:45 remaining in the contest.

Tied at 54-54 with 31 seconds in the game, Evergreen had the ball after a timeout. Josh Peterson made a hard back-door cut and got a nice feed from Wes Newton. Peterson beat two Mountaineer defenders to the hoop and was fouled as his lay-up dropped through the basket. Peterson made the ensuing free-throw putting Evergreen up by three with 20 seconds remaining.

Evergreen played aggressive defense not allowing the Mountaineers a look at the basket and forcing a time out with four seconds to go.

On the in-bounds play Collins got free in the corner, stepped behind the arc saw his shot drop into the basket, then rattle back out as the buzzer sounded giving the Geoducks a narrow conference victory.

With the win Evergreen moves to 6-7 on the season. Eastern drops to 1-7.

Evergreen will return to action tomorrow night as they play host to Albertson College who opened the season with a 20-point win over NCAA Division I Boise State. Tip-off will be at 7:30 p.m.