PORTLAND, Ore.—Oregon Tech let a 16-point second half lead disappear, using only free throws down the stretch to hang on and defeat Concordia University, 68-64, on Friday night inside the Cavalier Gymnasium.
With the win the Owls handed Concordia their first home loss of the year and improved Tech’s overall mark to 16-13 and 9-8 in Cascade Conference play.
Oregon Tech moved up by as many as 14 points in the first half before taking a 41-29 advantage into the half.
The teams traded points throughout the first 10 minutes of the second period with the Owls holding their largest lead of the game, 55-39, with 10:25 to play. The Owls would connect on their last field goal of the contest, a 3-pointer from Brandon Bautista with 9:27 on the clock, to lead by 15 points, 58-43, and grind the rest of the way for the win.
Josh Johnson hit a free throw with 7:57 to go to keep Tech up 59-49, but Concordia muscled their way back to close to 59-57 with 3:29 remaining. A pair of freebies from Derek Evans stopped the CU run, but the Cavaliers tied it up 61-all with 1:17 on the clock.
Tanner Manselle and Evans connected on four-straight free throws giving Tech a 65-61 lead, only to see CU hit a triple on their next possession to close to within one point, 65-64, with 13 seconds remaining.
Austen Flint made it a 67-64 game after connecting on both his tries from the charity stripe and when CU’s desperation 3-pointer to tie came up shy, Tech would record the 68-64 win after Josh Johnson hit on his first free throw attempt with .5 seconds.
Six of Oregon Tech's eight players that saw the court scored at least eight points with Tanner Manselle leading the team with 12 points, half of which came beyond the 3-point line. Josh Johnson added a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds with Bautista chipping in 10 points and Duncan Schramm five assists in the win.
Hitting 11 of 12 from the free throw line, Adam Herman paced Concordia with 19 points.
Oregon Tech closes out regular season action at Warner Pacific College on Saturday with the tip set for 7:30 p.m.