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Evergreen Men beat Northwest

January 16, 2004

by James J. Portune

OLYMPIA, WA -- The Evergreen Men's Basketball team took a positive step tonight in the Cascade Conference by beating the visiting Northwest College Eagles (1-7 Cascade Conference, 7-13 Overall), 76-71.

The win was the Geoducks (2-6 CCC, 5-14) second of the conference and jumped them up two spots in the standings, past Northwest and over Cascade College.

Evergreen earned the victory by outshooting Northwest. From the field goal range, the Geoducks shot 48% (27-for-56), while Northwest made only 38% of their shots (24-for-63). From three point range converted 7-of-21 shots (33%) and Northwest made 5-of-17 (29%) of their long-range attempts.

Player of the Game for Evergreen was senior point guard Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Calif./Burbank H.S.). His 13-points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists was the closest he come to having a triple-double game at Evergreen. Additionally, he had a game high 4 steals.

Senior Adam Laneer's (Tumwater, Wash./Tumwater H.S.) 10 points and junior Josh Peterson's (Winlock, Wash./Winlock H.S.) 11 points were critical down the stretch for Evergreen.

At half time, Northwest lead 39-38. A three-point basket by Peterson to open the second half gave Evergreen the lead, which they were able to hold for the first five minutes of the half.

Northwest then lead for the next five minutes of the contest, until the 30th minute of the game, when shooting guard Ben Riippi's (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup H.S.) three point basket game Evergreen the lead back.

Five minute later, at the 5:16 mark, Northwest took the lead back. But Evergreen was determined to win this game and made all but one of their free throw shots down the stretch, retaking the lead and capturing the victory.

With no game on Saturday, the Geoducks will get a three-day rest before hosting Cascade Tuesday night (Jan. 20). Tipoff for this Cascade Conference game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Greenhouse.