SALEM, Ore. — For the second time this season, the Oregon Tech men’s basketball team lost the same week it was voted No. 1 in the NAIA Division II Men’s Basketball Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, falling at Corban 90-79 Saturday night.
Corban shot 56-percent from the floor, making eight three-pointers to win the game. The Warriors also forced 13 OIT turnovers, while only committing eight to win its tenth Cascade Conference game.
The loss also prevented the Owls from winning an outright conference championship, as Northwest won beat The Evergreen State College 86-53 to finish at 15-3, same as Oregon Tech (26-4, 15-3 CCC).
Jordan Carter scored 35 points for Corban on 9-for-13 shooting, including 6-of-7 from beyond the arc. Teammates Erik Cronrath and Dustin Moore were in double digits as well, scoring 19 and 10 points respectively.
Bobby Hunter led four Owls in double figures with 18 points.
Oregon Tech still gets the conference’s No. 1 seed, hosting College of Idaho on Wednesday at Danny Miles Court. With the win, Corban (18-12, 10-8) edged out Southern Oregon for the No. 5 seed and travels to No. 4 Eastern Oregon. The Raiders go to No. 3 Warner Pacific.
In the last match-up, Northwest hosts Concordia.
The quarterfinals winners meet Feb. 25 in the semifinals before the Feb. 28 championship game.
Corban 55, Oregon Tech 39
Conference leader Corban defeated Oregon Tech 55-39 Saturday at home, claiming the Cascade Conference’s top seed in Tuesday’s CCC Basketball Championships quarterfinals round.
The Warriors will host The Evergreen State College.
Losing both games this weekend, OIT must now travel to No. 4 Warner Pacific on Tuesday.
Other CCC quarterfinals
No. 7 Southern Oregon at No. 2 College of Idaho
No. 6 Northwest at No. 3 Eastern Oregon