KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech raced out to a 9-0 lead to open tonight’s non-conference men’s basketball game and didn’t look back, defeating Vancouver Island University-BC by an 89-69 final tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech Head Coach Danny Miles is just five wins shy of reaching 1,000 career wins, as his Hustlin’ Owls moved to 8-5 on the season. VCI drops to 7-2 overall with the Owls and Mariners taking the court tomorrow in what will be Tech’s last non-conference game of the season. Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
After leading 9-0 the Mariners got to within five points, 11-6, but a Derek Evans 3-pointer five minutes in gave the Owls their first double digit lead at 16-6. Over the next five minutes of play a triple from Austen Flint capped a 17-7 Tech run, as the Owls went up 20 points, 33-13, at the midway point of the opening period.
The Owls would lead by as many as 25 points on a Kyle Waits layup with just over six minutes on the clock, taking a 52-29 advantage into the half.
Leading by 22 points early in the second period, Josh Johnson scored on both ends of a 10-0 Owl run giving the home team its first 30 point advantage and no chance of a VCI comeback, as Oregon Tech earned the 89-69 win.
Austen Flint led Tech with a team-high 19 points, followed by Kyle Waits with 18 in the win. Derek Evans added 12 points, four assists and four blocks. Waits recorded nine rebounds and Josh Johnson and Tanner Manselle eight caroms apiece.
Seth Goodman led all scorers with 25 points with Brandon Jones adding 21 in the loss for VCI. Goodman and Jason Fortin would grab six rebounds each with Jones handing out six assists for the Mariners.