Miles Notches #800, Tech 84 George Fox 73
SALEM, Oregon (December 8) --- All-American Levell Hesia hit four consecutive second half three-point field goals and Oregon Tech came from behind to remain unbeaten with an 84-73 win over George Fox Friday night in the Hillyers Mid-City Classic at Corben College and gave legendary Tech coach Dan Miles his 800th win at Oregon Tech.
Oregon Tech (12-0) grabbed its first lead at 44-43 with 15:00 remaining in the game and finally pulled away to a 14 point margin in the final eight minutes over the game Bruins.
Hesia kept Tech alive in the first half by making 7-of-7 free throws as the Owls had fallen behind by as many as 13 points to George Fox (4-4). The two-time All-American scored 16 of his game-high 27 points after the intermission to keep the Hustlin Owls record unblemished. Ryan Fiegi and Joshua Garrett added 19 and 13 points each for Tech, while Myles Daley and Nate Lewis contributed 12 and nine points apiece for the winners.
George Fox forward Chris Parker topped Bruin scorers with 26 counters while Phil Heu-Weller and Brady Struts added 11 and 10 points respectively.
Oregon Tech won the battle of the boards 35-to-33 with Joshua Wetzler grabbing nine caroms while Fiegi picked up six boards. Taylor Martin and Struts had nine and six for the Bruins.
Coach Dan Miles said at the end of the game, This was a great second half effort by the team. We couldnt buy a basket in the first half and Levell really got us going. He saved our bacon and got us pumped up in the second half. Miles added, Ryan (Fiegi) and Josh (Garrett) struggled in the first half on offense but got the job done on the defensive end. They were much better offensively in the second half.
Oregon Tech will play Lewis-Clark State (6-3) Saturday night at 6:00 p.m. in the battle of the tournament first day winners. Tech has never defeated L.C. State in three previous meetings.
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