Oregon Tech Runs Away from Warner Pacific
Oregon Tech seniors (from left) Brent Johnson, Joseph Foster and Matt Smith, went out on a good note, winning the Cascade Conference championship with a 16-2 mark in league play. Tech ran their home winstreak to 54 games in 80-61 win over Warner Pacific. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - No. 8 Oregon Tech took a 19 point lead to the half and continued to pull away in the second period as the Cascade Conference champion routed No. 22 Warner Pacific College by a 90-61 score in the final regular-season game at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech ran their home win streak to 54 straight and will host Concordia University in the quarterfinal round of the CCC Tournament on Wednesday, February 23rd beginning at 7 p.m.
A Mihajlo Matic 3-pointer at the 16 minute mark gave Oregon Tech their first double digit lead at 17-7. Brent Johnson, playing in his last regular-season game for the Owls, put Tech ahead by their largest margin of the opening period with trey to push the OIT advantage to 35-21.
Warner Pacific answered with a 9-0 run, and with 6:12 to play trailed Tech 35-30.
Tech guard Kyle Gomez connected on two free-throws to give the Owls another double digit lead, and then continued to score the final five points of the half to give Tech a 51-33 lead at intermission.
Bryant Sentman scored the first five points of the second half, and when Kyle Gomez hit a long range jumper with just over 17 minutes to play, the rout was on.
Warner Pacific closed to within 21 points on three occasions, the last with eight minutes remaining, but the Owls never let it get closer.
The Owls took their largest lead at 33 points before settling for the 90-61 win.
Joseph Foster led four Owls in double figures with 18 points to go with four rebounds and four assists. Kyle Gomez added 17 points, four rebounds and five assists, while Bryant Sentman added 16 points and Mihajlo Matic 15, all from beyond the arc.
Warner Pacific was led by Webster Moreland with a game-high 24 points. Stephen Harris added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Knights.
Warner Pacific will host Corban University in the quarterfinal round in Portland.
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