Mihajlo Matic scored a game-high 24 poins on eight 3-pointers as the Owls defeated Multnomah 113-94. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech finished with five scorers in double figures and the Owls ran past Multnomah University by a 113-94 final in non-conference men’s basketball action tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech ran their record to 3-2, while Multnomah University dropped to 3-6 on the season.
Brandon Bautista nailed a 3-pointer on Tech’s first possession and the Owls never trailed. Tech would open the game on an 8-0 run, taking their first double digit lead at 13-3 on a Dani Lopez free throw.
The Owls moved up by 20 points, 41-21, at the 5:29 mark of the first period when Mihajlo Matic connected on one of his four first half triples with Tech taking a 57-38 lead into intermission.
The teams traded points throughout the first eight minutes of the second half with the Lions cutting into the Owls’ lead to trail by 15 points, 73-58, with 12:38 to play and again 86-71 with 7:28 on the clock. It was as close as the visitors would get.
The Owls would lead by as many as 25 points in the second half before settling for the 113-94 victory.
Mihajlo Matic would lead all scorers with 24 points on 8-14 from the 3-point line. Duncan Schramm recorded 19 points, followed by 16 points from Kyle Waits. Brandon Bautista would chip in 14 points to go with nine assists with Tanner Manselle contributing 11 points. Waits earned a double-double grabbing 13 rebounds with Dani Lopez coming away with 11.
For the visitors Thande Kristoff finished with a team-high 20 points, followed by 17 from David Walker and 15 from Robert West. Steve Bustin added 13 and Erik Mendoza 11 to give MU five players in double figures.
The Owls connected on 48.9% from the field on 45-of-92, including 19-for-44 from beyond the arch. MU finished 32-of-79 (40.5%) from the floor and 13-for-37 from the 3-point line with Tech holding a 63-40 advantage in the rebounding category.
The Hustlin’ Owls will next host William Jessup University and Westminster this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Midland Empire Classic.