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Evergreen Men's Basketball at Warner Pacific 2005

January 12, 2005

PORTLAND, OR -- In a league where six of 10 teams have been ranked in the top 25, there just aren't easy nights. Every shot matters-and perhaps free throws matter most. With 17 seconds remaining in last night's game versus Warner Pacific and the Geoducks down by one, junior guard Wes Newton had two free throws catch iron leaving Evergreen on the losing end of a 62-59 score.

Newton's misses were just two of 12 Evergreen misses from the free throw line as the Geoducks went 20 of 32 on the night.

The Geoducks continue to play good basketball, but the young team is still learning how to win.

"Right now we are finding ways to lose games," said head coach John Barbee. "But we aren't even to the half way point of the conference season yet. This is a good basketball team that is playing pretty well. But we are still learning how to win games."

With the loss the Geoducks dropped to 1-6 in league play while Warner Pacific improved to 3-3.

Evergreen put four players in double figures led by Barson Collins' 16 points. Collins is one of the players who is playing better week by week as he returns to basketball after missing last year with a knee injury.

Also stepping up are transfers Doug Dietz and Duriell Jones. The two combined for 24 points and 11 rebounds for Evergreen. Senior scoring leader Walter Tucker added 15.

But the Knights got 22 points from Donny Woods and went 16-19 from the free throw line to seal the home win.

Evergreen now has the difficult task of climbing the conference ladder with its next four games on the road. The Geoducks play at Northwest on Friday followed by games at Cascade, Albertson and Eastern Oregon.