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Men's Basketball vs Southern Oregon 2005

January 28, 2005

OLYMPIA, WA -- In a thrilling, tension-filled, marathon game, The Evergreen State College men's basketball team let a big fish get away as tenth-ranked Southern Oregon University slipped the Geoduck's grasp with a 75-72 double overtime victory.

Evergreen announced it was playing for the win from the opening tip as the Geoducks opened up a 20-11 lead in the first period. Walter Tucker accounted for eight points in the first nine minutes hitting four of five attempts and Doug Dietz added five more on perfect shooting to lead the Evergreen charge.

Evergreen stretched the lead to 12 points with 2:18 to play in the half as Josh Peterson tossed up an alley-oop to Giovonne Woods who finish with an emphatic slam. The Geoducks shot a burning 62.5 percent from the field in the first half. While holding the Raiders to 39 percent from the field.

Southern Oregon stayed in the game at the free-throw line as Evergreen was tagged for 14 first-half fouls. The Raiders' free throws accounted for eleven of their 30 points and helped cut their deficit to 30-34 by the end of the period.

The Raiders quickly took the lead in the second half with a 5-0 run. But the Geoducks answered with a 14-2 run of their own taking a 46-37 lead with 13:53.

Over the next eight minutes the Raiders chopped away at the lead as Evergreen shooters went cold and Shea Washington dominated the Geoducks in the paint. Washington finished as the game's leading scorer with 28 points and the leading rebounder with eight.

Washington tied the game at 58-58 on a contested lay-up with 3:32 to play and with the Geoducks leading by two with three seconds on the clock it was Washington who took the inbounds pass to the hoop and converted at the buzzer to send the game to extra time.

The two teams went half of the first overtime without a basket until Duriell Jones scored on a strong drive to the basket.

But Washington answered the bell again with a short shot to send the game into its second overtime.

The Raiders opened the period with a 5-0 and never surrendered the lead run as the Geoducks gave the ball away three times to fall 75-72.