Geoducks advance to conference tourney semifinals
February 27, 2008
OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Evergreen State College will head to Klamath Falls, OR Saturday, meeting Oregon Institute of Technology in the semifinals of the Cascade Conference Tournament. In tonight's game, Nathan Menefee scored 34 points to help lead the Geoducks to a 93-78 victory over Northwest University in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
The #6 seeded Northwest was forced to play catch-up the entire game, falling behind Evergreen by 14 points at the games mid-point. While the scoring remained close in the second period (ESC 47, NU 46) the Eagles were only able to close the gap to nine points midway in the second half.
While Northwest played aggressively and had some opportunities as they forced a few turnovers, they were rarely able to capitalize. Evergreen struck back with 15 steals of their own, scoring 25 points off of the 31 Northwest turnovers.
Menefee (So, Timberline HS) tallied a season's high, averaging 63% of his field goal attempts, 62% from 3 point range (5 of 8) and added 5 assists and 4 steals. Senior David Howard (Dallas, TX) had a great game, scoring a season's high 18 points as he hit 72% of field goal attempts and made 6 of 6 from the free throw line.
A late game alley oop pass from Menefee saw Howard slam the ball into the net, an enthusiatic exclamation point to the teams win. And while the display earned Howard a non-personal technical, there was little complaining from the the Evergreen bench and fans as they cheered Howards game play.
"The seniors stepped it up tonight, led by David Howard" noted coach Drinkwine postgame. Evergreen's Michael Ward (Jr. Kansas City, MO) and Nick Moore (Jr. Bethel HS) hit 12 and 13 points respectively as the next highest Geoduck scorers.
The Eagle's burly Greg George had a very solid game, scoring 20 points and 9 rebounds. Derek Miller had 17 points and Eddie Coulson had 12.
As the Geoducks prepare for their matchup with #2 seed OIT, they head into that game with a split series against the Owls. ESC lost one away and won one at home in the previous two games. Notes Drinkwine, "The team is focused on each game. We just have to keep doing what we are doing".
Game time in Klamath Falls is at 7:30 PM on Saturday.