Evergreen Men's Basketball at Eastern Oregon 2005

January 22, 2005

LA GRANDE, OR -- Evergreen's Walter Tucker hit a last second rebound and shot for a 60-58 win over the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers. Evergreen State College (9-15, 4-7 CCC) trailed most of the game but grabbed the lead when it counted.

After being held to seven points the previous night against Albertson College, Tucker led the Geoducks offense out of the gate with nine of their first thirteen points. Both teams battled back and forth until late in first half when Eastern Oregon (3-14, 2-8 CCC) closed with a 7-0 run to lead by five at the half, 30-25.

The Mountaineers built the lead with hot shooting from all over the floor, connecting on 50 percent of their shots, including 57 percent from behind the arc.

In the second half, Eastern pushed further away opening with a 10-2 run. This would push the lead to 15 at 42-27.

The lead came despite having Chad Fairbanks leave the game with an injured ankle. Eastern would miss his rebounding presence in the second half, as they gave up 16 offensive boards, which translated to an 18-6 edge for Evergreen in second-chance points.

The Geoducks pulled out their full court press, which got them back in the game.

With 2:10 left to play the Geoducks tied the game when Josh Peterson drilled a three-point shot, knotting the score at 56-56.

Eastern freshman Mark Carollo, who led the game with 21 points, would then hit a jumper to put Eastern back on top. With just under a minute to play Giovonne Woods would strike back with two of his 15 points, again tying the game.

The Geoducks got the ball back and drove down the court, and Peterson took another three-point attempt bouncing off the rim and into Tucker's hands, he would put it back in for his sixteenth point and give Evergreen the lead at 60-58.

Eastern would have one more shot with exactly one second on the clock. Konrad Bomberger threw the ball down the court, where it was deflected to Patrick Brisbane and his shot went off the rim as the horn sounded ending the game.

With the win Evergreen sits in seventh place in conference play. The Geoducks return to action at home this weekend when they host the number one and three teams in the conference, Southern Oregon and Oregon Tech.