CALDWELL, Idaho – Putting up 67 points in the first half alone, the fifth-ranked College of Idaho Yotes made easy work of the Evergreen Geoducks, earning a 114-61 win in a Cascade Conference men’s basketball game on Friday night at the J.A. Alberston Center in Caldwell, Idaho.
The Yotes seemingly couldn’t miss in the first half, and when they did, they made quick work of the glass as they built a double-digit lead early. While C of I put up six three-pointers in the first half to put points on the scoreboard, it was the Yotes’ work rebounding that told the story as the home squad outrebounded Evergreen, 34-9, in the first 20 minutes as they took a 67-26 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Geoducks played a much better period as Evergreen shot 37.8% from the field, compared with 36.5% for the Yotes but C of I continued to control the glass, outrebounding the Geoducks, 38-22, in the final period. The C of I bench played much of the second half as the Yote starters combined for just 35 of 100 minutes played.
Evergreen was led by 11 points each from Cody Peters (Oak Harbor, Wash./Coupeville HS/Western Oregon Univ.) and Marc Taylor (Boise, Idaho/Skyview HS/Edmonds CC) as the senior forwards were the only two Geoducks in double-digit scoring. Evergreen uncharacteristically turned the ball over 21 times, compared with just nine times for C of I.
College of Idaho was led by 18 points from Demetrius Perkins. Antonio Garrett, Sydney Donaldson and Taylor Pruett all added 15 points each while Devan Talken led the Yotes bench with 14 points. Josh Wilson rounded out the C of I players in double-digits, adding 12 points and 10 assists for the double-double. Pruett also recorded a double-double, bringing down 12 rebounds to go with his 15 points.
Evergreen wraps up the 2013-14 season on Saturday night when they visit Eastern Oregon. Tip with the Mountaineers is set for 7:30 p.m. at Quinn Coliseum in La Grande, Ore.