Evergreen Earns Key 88-74 Win at C of I
CALDWELL, Idaho - Nate Menefee led four Evergreen State players in double figures with 22 points, as the Geoducks used a second half rally to stop The College of Idaho, 88-74, inside the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
Despite the loss, the Coyotes (9-15, 5-12 CCC) clinched the final Cascade Conference Postseason Tournament berth tonight, as Southern Oregon lost at Warner Pacific. The Yotes can secure the No. 7 seed in the tournament with a win tomorrow night vs. Northwest, but a loss would send The C of I to the No. 8 position - and a first-round date at No. 2 ranked Oregon Tech.
The Yotes built a 61-55 advantage with 12:47 remaining on a Noah Gottlieb bucket, but watched as the visitors used a 24-6 run over the next nine minutes, limiting The C of I to 2-of-10 shooting (including 1-of-4 from the foul line), to complete the season sweep. Josh Troyer had nine of his 20 points in the spurt, including a jumper with four minutes left that pushed the lead to double-digits.
The Yotes jumped out quickly, bolting to a 12-3 lead on a Gottlieb trey, but the Geoducks (19-8, 12-5) battled back, as a Troyer trey capped a 9-2 run that gave Evergreen their first lead at 33-31. A Julio Feliciano triple at the first half buzzer knotted the score at 44-44 at the break.
Menefee, the NAIA's leading scorer, was 7-of-11 from the field on the night, adding four assists. Anthony Gallagher had 17 points, with Jemier Dodd chipping in with 15. Feliciano led the Geoducks with 11 rebounds.
Craig McGee had another monster night for the Yotes, scoring 18 points, with 19 rebounds - his 31st career double-double. Kelly McCarty had 13 points, with Jabari McIntosh and Kelvin Potts each scoring 11.