OLYMPIA, Wash. – Oregon Tech held Evergreen State to just 34.5% shooting from the field as the Owls held on for the 68-54 win in a Cascade Conference men’s basketball game on Friday night at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.
Kyle Waits finished with 19 points in win over Evergreen State. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
The Owls built the early lead as Oregon Tech went up nine points with 14:18 to go in the opening period. Evergreen battled back to pull within three at the midway point but the defending national champions extended the lead again as the Owls held a 32-26 lead at the break.
In the second half, the Geoducks dug deep and battled back to within one point on a three-pointer by Frankie Johnson with 15:30 to go in the game. OIT answered back with a 7-0 run as the lead got into double-digits as Evergreen struggled to get back as Oregon Tech earned the 68-54 win.
Evergreen was led by 14 point from Johnson. Elzie Dickens (Seattle, Wash./Highline CC) earned the double-double with 10 points and 14 rebounds on the night. The Geoducks held a brief advantage on the boards, outrebounding OIT by a final of 34-33.
Oregon Tech was led by 19 points from Kyle Waits. David Clarke finished with 11 points and eight rebounds on the night. As a team, the Owls shot 40.4% on the night, making 19-of-47 attempts, including seven three-pointers.
Oregon Tech next travels to Northwest University on Saturday before closing out home action next week at Danny Miles Court.
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