KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – In a battle of Top-10 teams, and an outright lead in the Cascade Conference standings, No. 2 Oregon Tech left no doubt as the top team in the CCC. The Hustlin’ Owls, honoring their three seniors prior to the tip, led by as many as 18 points in the opening half, on the way to a decisive 95-69 victory tonight over No. 8 Northwest University at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech moves to 25-3 overall and 14-2 in the CCC standings, while Northwest drops is 24-3 overall and 14-3 in the conference standings.
With one win next weekend, or a Northwest loss versus Evergreen, Oregon Tech will capture a fourth-straight CCC regular season title.
The teams kept it close over the first 10 minutes of play, as the Owls clung to a two point lead, 14-12, midway through the opening period. Jodan Kiely capped an 8-0 Tech run on a layup to give the Owls their first double digit advantage with 8:37 on the clock.
NU answered with a 3-point field goal, but Tech would pull away, eventually taking an 18 point lead on a pair of Bobby Hunter freebies to make it 43-25.
NU would cut the deficit to 12, but with the clock ticking, Kiely found a wide open Kyle Gomez in the corner for a 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded to send the Owls with momentum and a 15 point advantage, 47-32.
Coming out of the half, Gomez gave the Owls their first 20+ point advantage on a short jumper in the paint, and would eventually move out to a 26 point lead with 8:36 remaining to play.
NU, over the next two minutes, mounted a comeback bid, but could get no closer than 18 with 6:47 to play. Oregon Tech would let it get no closer as the Owls pulled away, eventually winning by a 95-69 final.
Bobby Hunter led the Tech offensive attack with 26 points and added six boards, four assists and three steals. Kyle Gomez finished the night with a 20 point effort, including four rebounds, four assists a block and two steals. Jason Gamblin added 17 points, while Jordan Kiely and David Clarke finished with seven points each and combined for nine rebounds and seven assists.
Tyler Mendezona led NU with a team-high 15 points, followed by 10 points each from Ahmaad Cook and Rich Skillman.
Oregon Tech travels to Northwest Christian Friday and Corban Saturday in the final two regular season CCC contests of the year. The Owls will host the quarterfinals of the CCC tournament on Wednesday, February 22nd with an opponent to be determined. All postseason games will tip at 7:00 p.m.
Oregon Tech softball completes Simpson tournament
OIT softball followed its 3-0 Friday with a 1-2 performance at the Simpson Invitational Softball Tournament, beating Biola University 2-1, but losing to No. 17 Azusa Pacific 8-4 and William Jessup 4-1.
Oregon Tech plays British Columbia on Saturday.