KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – In another overtime thriller between Oregon Tech and Northwest University, it was the Owls who came away victorious, as NU’s final try at the buzzer caromed off and Tech would edge the Eagles, 91-90, in Cascade Conference men’s basketball action tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Hot shooting by both squads kept the scoring up and the game close in the first period of Tech’s 5th annual “Pink Out” game. The Owls would hit on 69.0% of their tries (20-for-29) with Northwest connecting on 62.1% overall (18-of-29) in the frame.
The Owls and NU would each hold six point leads, along with nine ties in the opening stanza, before Tech went into the half with a 50-47 lead.
Oregon Tech would march out to an eight point lead to open the second period, leading 57-49 after a Derek Evans 3-pointer. The Eagles clawed their way back, tying it at 62-all with 12:41 remaining.
The Owls next outscored NU 11-2, as Duncan Schramm was on each end of the nine point swing with a pair of triples, as the Owls led 73-64. NU, however, closed to within one with 8:18 on the clock, 73-72, using a pair of treys from Dak Shagren and C.J. Carter along the way.
The game remained tied, 80-80, with 3:42 remaining, as the game would go down to the wire.
NU struck first with Michael Green putting the visitors ahead by two, but Schramm once again answered from long range, as the Owls regained the lead 83-82, with 2:12 to go.
The teams went dry until Brandon Bautista, with 24 seconds, lobbed a pass to Tanner Manselle as he caught it in air and tipped it in to push the Owls up 85-82. NU next tied the game after Ryan Mcintosh grabbed an offensive rebound and found a wide open Dak Shagren beyond the arch to tie it at 85-all with six seven seconds remaining.
NU, with just three team fouls, used them wisely not allowing Tech to get a good look in their offensive set. With just .6 seconds, and the ball, Tech would lob a sideline inbound pass to the rim without success as the game reached overtime.
With 2:20 to go in the extra period, and the game tied for the 15th time, 87-87, Tech would hit four-straight from the charity stripe and go up 91-87 with just over a minute remaining.
A missed bonus free throw by the Owls gave NU hope, and Nemanja Grujicic answered with a 3-pointer, as the Eagles closed the gap to 91-90 with 47 seconds on the clock.
Tech’s used most of the shot clock on their last possession but turned it over giving the Eagles a chance to win. NU marched down court, drove to the paint and kicked it out to Shagren on the baseline where his shot hit iron and bounced over as the horn sounded.
Duncan Schramm tied for game-high honors with 25 points to go with four assists in the win for Tech. Brandon Bautista followed with 16 points and nine assists with Derek Evans coming away with 13 points and Austen Flint 10. Kyle Waits recorded nine points and nine rebounds.
Nemanja Grujicic scored 25 points with Michael Greene adding 22 points and nine rebounds. C.J. Carter chipped in 16 points and Brett Skogstad 11 in the loss.
The Owls finished 55.7% shooting (34-for-61) with NU hitting at a 51.6% clip (33-of-64). The Owls hit 13 from long range compared to 11 by the Eagles with NU holding a 31-24 edge in rebounds.