Men's Basketball vs Oregon Tech 2005

January 29, 2005

OLYMPIA, WA -- After showing they could hang with a top 25 team by taking #10 ranked Southern Oregon to two overtimes last night, The Evergreen State College men's basketball team proved they could beat one as the Geoducks downed #15 ranked Oregon Tech tonight at the Evergreen Campus Recreation Center 64-63.

Early in the game the Geoducks had no answer for Tech's Levell Hesia who scored 14 of his team's 33 first-half points going 5-6 from the field and a perfect 2-2 from three point range.

But Evergreen stayed close as Julius Marshall stepped up with seven points and three rebounds to lead the Geoducks.

The teams stayed within a basket of each other for most of the half, but Tech opened a sever point lead at the break when Evergreen missed an alley-oop with 15 seconds to play. Tech brought the ball up court and finished a three-point play to go into the locker room 33-26.

The game was a frenzy in the last minute as Barson Collins gave Evergreen a one point lead with an inside basket. Collins was fouled on the play but missed the ensuing free-throw.

Tech took advantage when Andre Lawrence was fouled at the other end and sank both free-throws to put the Owls up 63-62 with 28 seconds to play.

The Geoducks brought the ball up court and with 15 second to play Wes Newton found Walter Tucker on a back door cut. Tucker went hard to the basket and drew a foul. Evergreen went a shocking 43 percent from the free throw line for the night, but Tucker beat the odds as he calmly sank both free thrown to take back the lead.

But Evergreen left plenty of time on the clock for Tech to get the winning basket.

Doug Dietz blanketed Levell Hesia denying the Owl sharp shooter the last-chance shot. Instead Jared Hall took a sixteen footer that rimmed out.

Julius Marshall grabbed the rebound for the Geoducks as was fouled with three seconds to play. Marshall left the door open for Tech to pull off a miracle finish as he missed both free throws, but Danny Mills saw his half court shot bounce off the front of the rim as time expired.