ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Playing their final non-conference game of the season, the Evergreen Geoducks couldn’t find their shot against the Central Washington Wildcats, falling 100-59, on Tuesday night at Nicholson Pavilion in Ellensburg, Wash.
The Wildcats set the hurried pace early and the scoreboard showed that as CWU built a double-digit lead on a jumper by Derrick Davis that put the ‘Cats up, 20-9, with 13:23 to play in the opening period. UW transfer Mark McLaughlin converted on an and-one opportunity with 8:08 left to play that put Central up, 34-14.
Central continued to extend the lead, pulling ahead by 27 at halftime at 49-22. The Geoducks had some great looks in the first half but could only convert on eight of 29 attempts for 27.6%. On the other end of the court, the ‘Cats didn’t have a similar problem, making 19-of-40 attempts for 47.5%.
The trend continued into the second half as Evergreen’s shots struggled to fall as the Geoducks began to run out of time to mount a comeback. The Wildcats continued to hit their shots as the lead continued to grow, hitting 40 with just under six minutes left to play. CWU would cruise the rest of the way, earning the 100-59 win.
Evergreen was led by 15 points from Cody Peters (Coupeville, Wash./Western Oregon). Marc Taylor (Boise, Idaho./Edmonds CC) added 10 points while Jakob Herron-Berentsen (Sacramento, Calif./Grays Harbor CC) brought down a game-high 10 rebounds.
Central Washington was led by 21 points from McLaughlin. Jordan Coby added 15 points off the bench while Chris Holmes chalked up 13 points in the win. Davis wrapped up the ‘Cats in double-digits, posting 12 points on the night.
The Geoducks will now turn their focus back to the Cascade Conference schedule, playing host to Corban next Monday. Tip with the Warriors is set for 7:30 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.