KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Concordia University’s Adam Herman connected on the second of two free throw attempts with just 2.2 seconds to play, as Oregon Tech fell to Concordia University by a 62-61 score in Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s basketball action tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Brandon Bautista twists his way to a pair of his 8 points. Bautista would add 7 assists in 62-61 loss to Concordia. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Overall Oregon Tech is even at 12-12 on the season and fell to 3-9 in the CCC standings with the loss. The win for the Cavaliers improves their overall mark to 11-10 and 5-6 in CCC play.
A see-saw battle over the first 12 minutes of play, including four ties, a pair of Adam Herman free throws along with a Kory Kirwan jumper pushed CU to a 21-17 lead with 7:14 to play in period 1. The Cavs would eventually take a pair of six point leads, the last at 33-27, with 2:34 in the half.
Tech, however, turned in a 6-0 run, capped by a Brandon Bautista layup, as the game saw its fifth tie of the opening period, 33-33, with 1:13 on the clock.
CU’s Herman notched the final score of the half as Concordia led at intermissions by a 35-33 score.
Concordia opened up the second half on a 9-0 run to move up 44-33, but a 10-0 run over the next two minutes pulled the Owls to within a single point, 44-43.
Concordia bounced back to take a five point advantage, 48-43, but Tech would once again rally and regain a lead on a deep Mihajlo Matic score that made it 49-48. A second Matic triple just two minutes later gave the Owls some momentum and a 55-50 lead with 6:49 remaining in the game.
Still clinging to a five point lead at the 5:57 mark, Tech saw Concordia rally to regain a lead after Ligon connected from beyond the arch with 3:43 to play.
Josh Johnson answered on Tech’s next possession as the Owls saw their last lead of the game at 60-59. CU moved up 61-60 on their next trip down court, while David Clarke made 1 of 2 free throw attempts to tie the game at 61-61 with 16 seconds to play.
Concordia, working the ball around to take the games last shot, found Herman open on the block where he was fouled on the shot attempt. Herman’s first shot rimmed out, while the second attempt, with 2.2 seconds to play, found the bottom of the net.
Oregon Tech managed to get the ball in near mid-court, but a running 45-footer hit only the back board, as the visitors earned a 62-61 win.
David Clarke led Oregon Tech with 15 points while Mihajlo Matic added 12 points and Josh Johnson 11 points in the loss for Tech. Brandon Bautista finished with 8 points and 7 assists with Kyle Waits grabbing a team-high 8 rebounds followed by Clarke, Johnson and Derek Evans with 7 rebounds each.
Adam Herman led the Cavaliers with a double-double effort contributing a game-high 16 points and 14 rebounds to go with 5 assists. Willy Ligon tacked on 14 points with Ryan Miller adding 9 points and Kory Kirwan 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers.