#16 Northwest Knocks Off #7 Oregon Tech
Kyle Gomez led the Owls with 18 points. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KIRKLAND, Wash. – In a battle of two nationally ranked teams, #16 Northwest University edged the #7 ranked Oregon Tech Owls, 76-68, tonight in front of a packed gym in the NU Pavilion.
In a tightly contested match-up, Northwest would break out to an early 18-9 lead over the Owls after seven minutes of play. The teams would trade baskets until the 9:54 mark when OIT would cut the NU lead to three points, 24-21, on Mihajlo Matic 3-pointer from the corner with 7:10 to go in the first half.
NU’s Jordan Call would tip in his own miss to increase the Eagles lead to 26-21, but OIT would answer with a Kyle Gomez tip-in off a Bryant Sentman shot at the 6:16 mark. Following a Northwest turnover, Gomez would close the gap to one, 26-25 with his driving layup at the 5:30 mark. After two NU missed shots, Scotty Riddle would give OIT their first lead of the game, 28-26, with his trey with 5:03 to go. The game would then see-saw until NU’s Tyler Mendezona would steal an OIT pass and drive the length of the court for his layup and give Northwest a one point lead with 1:12 to go. Neither team would find the basket the remainder of the half as the Eagle lead would stand as the buzzer would sound.
The second half would prove to be more of the same as both teams would battle for the lead. NU’s Greg George would hit a jumper and teammate Rich Skillman would make one of two free throws two put the Eagles up 41-39, but Bryant Sentman would tie the score at 41-41 with his driving layup with 17:21 on the scoreboard. After a 43-all tie, Northwest would go on an 8-2 run, capped off by a Jordan Call layup off an assist by Tyson Christie to make it 51-45 Eagles with 12:45 left in the game.
OIT answered with a 6-0 run of their own on two 3-pointers by Scotty Riddle and David Clarke to tie the game once again at 51-51 at the 11:27 mark. Tech then took a 58-55 lead on a Joseph Foster layup with 8:53 left in the game. The teams would continue to trade offensive punches as NU’s rich Skillman would score on a drive to the basket, and freshman Michael Greene would tip in a missed 3-point attempt and hit an ensuing free-throw after being fouled on the play to give NU a 59-58 lead with 7:55 left on the clock.
After Joseph Foster tied the score at 60-all (7:36), Northwest would take the lead for good on a 9-2 run punctuated by a Rich Skillman steal and jumper by Greg Peters from 5 feet out.
Tech would close the gap to 3 points, 71-68, with 43 seconds to go in the game, but NU would answer with a Greg George layup and convert 3-of-4 free-throws to hold on for the 76-68 victory.
Northwest U. (18-5, 10-4 CCC) was led by 6-9 senior, Greg George (Seattle, Wash.) who finished with 20 points. Teammate and 6-8 senior, Greg Peters (Belmont, St. Vincent) scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his double-double while junior Jordan Call (Kirkland, Wash.) also scored 15 points for the Eagles who are now in a tie for second in the Cascade Conference. NU shot 50% from 2-point and 3-point range tonight and outrebounded Oregon Tech 39-29.
Oregon Tech (22-4, 13-2 CCC) was led by Kyle Gomez’s 18 points, while Joseph Foster finished with 12 points for the Owls. David Clarke and Scotty Riddle each contributed 8 points for Tech.
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