Geoducks' Menefee scores record 57 in Evergreen win over Puget Sound
TACOMA -- Senior guard Nate Menefee scored 57 points in his last college basketball game in his home town as The Evergreen State College picked up a 108-97 non-conference road win over the University of Puget Sound on Tuesday night.
Menefee, a Tacoma native who graduated from Timberline High School in Lacey, made his high scoring night look effortless, hitting all 16 of his free throws to go with three 3-point baskets and an array of drives around and through the Loggers' pressing defenses. There was enough left of the ball for Menefee to also tie team mate Julio Feliciano with a game-high 8 assists. Anthony Gallagher scored 21 additional points for Evergreen.
Tuesday night's outburst by the 5'10" Menefee broke his own team record of 48, scored in Evergreen's come-from-behind victory over Bluefield College in the 2009 NAIA National Championships in Branson, Missouri. Only four Geoducks have ever surpassed 40 points in a game with Andre Stewart turning the trick three times from 2001-02, Quincy Wilder once in 2002 and Mike Parker once in 2003. Wilder held the record with 43 before Menefee's big tournament game last March.
Despite Menefee's heroics, Puget Sound did not the game get out of hand. It was tied at 53 with 19:07 to play and, after Evergreen stretched its lead to 17 with 12:57 to go, the Loggers went to work chopping down the Geoducks' advantage. They narrowed the gap to 88-83 with 4:45 left until two free throws each by Menefee and Feliciano gave Evergreen some breathing room.
Austin Boyce led the Loggers with 25 points while Nadav Heyman added 21.
Evergreen hosts Lewis and Clark College (OR) on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m.