OLYMPIA, Wash. –
Evergreen State rallied from 10 down in the second half to take a lead with under five minutes to play and hung on to defeat the visiting Owls in men's Cascade Collegiate Conference basketball play Saturday at CRC Gymnasium.
After a layup by Austen Flint gave Oregon Tech (11-9, 4-4 CCC) the initial lead, the Geoducks (2-12, 1-6 CCC) went on a 10-2 run. With the scored tied for the 10th time at 31-31 with 5:52 left to play in the opening period, the Geoducks controlled the pace the remainder of the half to take a 47-43 lead into the locker room.
Oregon Tech turned the tables in the second half as the Hustlin’ Owls couldn’t seem to miss and pushed the lead to double-digits at 69-59 following a free throw by Flint with 11:11 left to play. The Geoducks, however, answered back with a 17-3 run that put Evergreen up by four with 5:46 left.
Flint tied it up for the Owls with 4:21 on the clock, but senior Marc Taylor hit a jumper in the paint on the next possession to give the Geoducks back the lead for good, en route to a 90-87 win.
The Evergreen win also meant that Oregon Tech head coach Danny Miles will have to wait one more week to earn career victory number 999.
Oregon Tech was led by 28 points from Flint, who was 11-of-18 from the field, including 5-of-10 from long distance. Josh Johnson added 19 points while Brandon Bautista added 12 points in the loss. The Hustlin’ Owls made over half of their baskets from behind the three-point arc, sinking 16 3-pointers on the night.
Evergreen was led by 20 points from junior Dre Taylor (Seattle, Wash./Garfield HS/North Idaho College). Frankie Johnson (Renton, Wash./Hazen HS) added 19 points and eight assists in the win while Kyle Calhoun (Seattle, Wash./Hazen HS/Marshalltown CC) added 16 points. Marc Taylor finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds to collect the double-double.