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Evergreen Men's Basketball at Northwest 2005

February 11, 2005

OLYMPIA, WA -- The hosting Evergreen State College held a slim margin over the Northwest Eagles for most of tonight’s basketball game. But the Geoducks used a 13 point second-half run to put the game out of reach of the Eagles and climb to 7-9 in conference and 12-17 overall.

With the win Evergreen gains important ground in a tight conference race moving into a seventh place tie with Northwest, a half-game back of Concordia University and Warner Pacific who both sit at 7-8 on conference play.

The Geoducks host Warner Pacific next Friday in the second to last game of the regular season.

Walter Tucker had 18 points and nine rebounds to lead Evergreen. Tucker went two of two from behind the arc and one of his treys sparked Evergreen’s second-half run. Barson Collins added 14 points, Giovonne Woods had 11 and Josh Peterson scored 10 as Evergreen went a steaming 60 percent from the field on the night.

Meanwhile the Geoducks used swarming defense in the paint to hold the Eagles to 38 percent shooting for the game.

Aaron Sawyer led Northwest with 15 points while Grant Enloe and Stephen Ishmael each had 11.

The Eagles made a game of it down the stretch as Evergreen showed its Achilles Heel going 5 of 15 from the charity stripe. The Geoducks missed five straight free-throws in the waning moments. But as Evergreen couldn’t make baskets standing still, the Eagles were little better from the field in the closing minutes and could get no closer than seven points.