Seniors Lead Geoducks to Upset of No. 24 Concordia, 94-93

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Combining for 63 points, the trio of Marc Taylor (Boise, Idaho/Skyview HS/Edmonds CC), Cody Peters (Oak Harbor, Wash./Coupeville HS/Western Oregon Univ.) and Kyle Calhoun (Seattle, Wash./Hazen HS/Marshalltown CC) led the Evergreen Geoducks to an overtime upset win over the 24th-ranked Concordia Cavaliers, 94-93, in a Cascade Conference men’s basketball game on Saturday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.

After the nationally-ranked Cavaliers took the early lead, the Geoducks looked like they might struggle to keep pace as CU built a double-digit lead with 13:16 to go in the first half.  Evergreen began to chip away and used a record-breaking three pointer by Calhoun with 5:57 to pull within one at 32-31.  The trey for Calhoun was his 79th of the season, moving him past Nate Menefee for the most three-pointers made in a single-season.  CU went on a bit of a run late, pushing the lead back to six at halftime at 45-39.

The Cavaliers continued to hold the Geoducks at bay for much of the second half until a 10-0 Evergreen run gave the Geoducks their first lead of the game at 78-77 following a made free throw after  made basket by Peters.  The Geoducks looked like they might secure the win in regulation before Adam Herman sank a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to tie the game at 85-85 and force overtime.

In the extra period, Concordia took the early lead by a lay-up by sophomore Frankie Johnson (Renton, Wash./Hazen HS) with 1:20 left gave Evergreen the 92-91 lead.  Kory Kirwan hit a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left that put CU up by one but Jordan Dam (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson HS/Centralia College) drove the paint and put in a lay-up with three points as the Geoducks secured the 94-93 upset win.

“I’m proud of the way our guys came out tonight, especially our three seniors,” said Evergreen head coach Arvin Mosley.  “They saw the opportunity to play as a unit against one of the top teams in the country and they took advantage of it.  I couldn’t be happier.”

The Geoducks were led by 25 points and nine rebounds from Taylor.  Calhoun finished with 24 points while Dam finished with 18 on the night.  Peters earned the double-double in his final home game, scoring 14 points and bringing down 11 rebounds.  Johnson finished with a game-high 10 assists as the point guard did a great job distributing.

Concordia was led by 31 points from Herman, who also added eight rebounds in the loss. Willy Ligon added 20 points while Esvan Middleton earned the double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.  Kirwan came off the bench to add 11 and round out the Cavs in double-digit scoring.  CU held a 39-29 advantage on the glass but it just wasn’t enough.

Evergreen wraps up the 2013-14 season on the road, traveling to College of Idaho on Friday and Eastern Oregon on Saturday.

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