Geoducks need to make history to make CCC semi-finals

February 20, 2007

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. --Eight times The Evergreen State College men's basketball teamhas played Oregon Tech on the road at Danny Miles Court.Eight times, the Geoducks have lost, dating back to the first meeting in 1999.

Even during the 2001-2002 season, when Evergreenrode a 20-game win streakto the Cascade Collegiate Conference championship andwhupped the Owls by 14 in Olympia, the Geoduckswere blown out by 20 in Klamath.

Two years ago, with OIT ranked number one in the nation, Evergreen won by a point at home -- but fell by 14 on the road. This season, the margin in the teams' regular season clash here was 89-74 Owls.

Evergreen (9-20) tries to reverse the trend Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m., when they meet Oregon Tech (27-3 and ranked sixth nationally in the NAIA) in the first round of the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.

The Geoducks have reason to hope, having finished the regular season with a dominating 78-37 rout of Cascade College and a narrow 86-80 defeat at the hands offourth-ranked Warner Pacific College that might have turned out differently had Evergreen's leading scorer Adam Moore not been ejected after a technical foul with more than 17 minutes to play.

Moore, a 6-7 junior from Everett, leads the Geoducks with 19.9 points per game while Devon Connor-Green (a 6-7 senior from Olympia) at 11.9 and Marcus Whittaker, (a 6-7 junior from Dewar, Okla.) at 11.4 also average in double figures.

Moore tallied 22 and Connor-Green 12 when the teams met in Olympia back in December, but OIT's electrifying little guard Level Hesia led four Owls in double figures with 12 as the Geoducks went down, 78-58. In the rematch last month in Klamath, Connor-Green had 17, David Howard 12 and Whittaker 10 for Evergreen while guard Josh Garrett, with 27, and insider Ryan Fiegi, with 25, exploded to pace OIT.