Duncan Schramm connects from long range in 93-88 win over Concordia University. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Kyle Waits scored the Owls’ first 16 points of the second half, and Oregon Tech held on down the stretch to upset No. 13 Concordia University in Cascade Collegiate Conference play tonight at Danny Miles Court by a 93-88.
The win gets Oregon Tech to 7-5 overall and 2-0 in CCC play. Concordia drops to 9-3 on the season and 0-2 in the conference standings.
A Duncan Schramm triple four minutes into the contest pushed the Owls out to a 13-6 lead over No. 13 Concordia, only to see CU tie it and go ahead, 16-15, on five-straight Adam Herman points with 13:57 on the clock in the first half.
Trading points over the next six minutes would see the team’s tied at 27-all before a Brandon Bautista trey with 5:39 to play gave the Owls a five point advantage, 34-29. CU, however came racing back to tie it up again, 36-36, and after scoring the next eight points went ahead 44-36.
Still trailing by eight, Tech’s Josh Johnson scored the final four points of the opening period and went to the locker room down 46-42.
It was the Kyle Waits show for the Owls to start the second stanza, as the junior forward scored 16-straight. His last basket with 15:47 to play gave the home team a 58-57 lead. It stayed close over the next eight minutes with CU crawling out to a four point lead, 75-71, with 6:48 on the clock.
Trailing by one, Josh Johnson found the bottom of the net from long range to give the Owls an 80-78 edge with under five minutes, and Oregon Tech would never trail again. Back-to-back free throws from Johnson bumped Tech’s lead to eight points, 89-81, with 1:32 to play.
CU, however, battled back and managed to hold possession down just three points with under 30 seconds to play, 91-88, but the Cavalier 3-point attempt to tie fell short.
Tech’s Josh Johnson iced the game after knocking down a pair of freebies with the Owls able to hold on for the 93-88 win.
Kyle Waits finished with a game-high 24 points to go with his 15 rebounds. Josh Johnson added 19 points, followed by Duncan Schramm with 15 points. Brandon Bautista netted 11 points to go with seven assists.
Adam Herman led the Cavs with 20 points with Tyler Velasqez chipping in 18 points in the loss. Evan Middleton recorded a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds with Willy Ligon netting 10 points.