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Evergreen makes a strong statement by beating #5 Oregon Tech

January 02, 2004

by James J. Portune

OLYMPIA, WA -- Tonight The Evergreen State College Men's Basketball team proved that any basketball team can be defeated, by beat #5 Oregon Tech., 80-77, in the College Recreation Center in overtime.

Senior shooting guard Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Wash. /Puyallup H.S.) lead Evergreen's (1-2 Cascade Conference, 4-10 Overall) offensive attack with a game high 22-points, making six three point shots on ten attempts.

Three other Evergreen players also scored in double figures. Junior Julius Marshall (Renton, Wash./Issaquah H.S.) had 13 points and Walter Tucker (Jackson, Miss./Winfield H.S.) contributed 12 points. Senior point guard Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Calif./Burbank H.S.) scored 14 points and had a game high 6 assists.

In the first half, Evergreen struggled to find an offensive rhythm against the bigger OIT front line. By half time the Geoducks trailed the Hustlin' Owls 43-34.

An active defense and good ball movement on the offense end got Evergreen back in the game in the second half.

A three-point basket by junior transfer Josh Peterson (Winlock, Wash./Winlock H.S.) tied the score at 55 all and for the remaining 7 minutes and 46 seconds both teams battled down to the end of regulation play. When the final whistle blew to end the second half Evergreen and Oregon Tech. were deadlocked at 70.

The hero of the five-minute overtime for Evergreen was once again Peterson. His three-point basket, his second of the game, gave the Geoducks their first lead, 76-75.

OIT would go ahead 77-76 but in the final 30 second a field goal by Tucker then two successful free throws by Fielding sealed the win for Evergreen.

Tomorrow night, Saturday (Jan. 03), Evergreen will host the Southern Oregon Raiders. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. in the College Recreation Center.

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