No. 2 Oregon Tech Flys Past Warriors 74-68
Oregon Tech's Josh Johnson Scored a Career High in Win Over William Jessup (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
ROCKLIN, Calif. — Oregon Tech made all six of its free throws in the final 37 seconds of play to seal a 74-68 victory at William Jessup University Friday night in the WJU tournament.
David Clarke returned to the lineup for OIT, and he finished with nine points without missing a shot, including four free throws in the final few seconds of the game. Josh Johnson, meanwhile, scored a career high 20 points, as the Hustlin' Owls upped their season record to 3-0.
“This game was a grinder, and we knew it would be,” OIT coach Danny Miles said on his postgame radio show on 92-5 KLAD “I would expect another grinder (tonight when the Hustlin' Owls play Cal State-Maritime, one of only four teams to defeat Tech last season).
Part of taking care of the basketball in the second half was attributed to Clarke, a senior who returned to action after having missed the first few games and several weeks of practices with a injured wrist.
Johnson finished with a game-high scoring total, and had had a previous career high for the Hustlin' Owls of nine points.
Josh Wiseman and Mihaljo Matic also scored in double figures for Oregon Tech, while Wiseman, Clarke and Alex Zerbach all had six rebounds. Wiseman had a game-high four assists.
Tech netted 52 percent of its shots in the game, and was a solid 19-of-24 from the free-throw line, and held a solid 33-22 edge in rebounds against a team the Hustlin' Owls will see William Jessup again next Friday on the first night of OIT's Midland Empire Classic.
Keenan Prince had 18 points for William Jessup, which fell to 2-2 with both its losses to Cascade Collegiate Conference teams that both have played in the last four national tournaments. Kirill Sergeyev and Jordan Wilson also scored in double figures for the Warriors, who will play Northwest Christian of the Cascade Collegiate Conference in today's final game.
Tech's defense slowed WJU in the second half, and the Warriors were just 2-of-10 from three-point range.
Oregon Tech will play Cal State-Maritime Saturday at 3:00pm. Maritime is one of only four teams to defeat Tech last season. The game can be heard on 92.5 KLAD-FM or Online at www.OITsports.com.
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