KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - The No. 22 ranked NU Eagles got a 33 point performance from Ryan McIntosh which helped propel the Eagles to their first win over Oregon Tech, 76-72, in Klamath Falls since joining the Cascade Conference.
McIntosh scored 13 of his points in the first half as the Eagles broke open a close game to take a 41-32 lead at the half. Michael Greene led all scorers at the break with 17 points on his way to a double-double for the night. The half would see the game tied six times and the teams exchange the lead 10 times. With the game knotted up at 30-all, Michael Greene would sink two free throws to give NU the 31-30 lead with 3:40 on the clock. It would spark a 10-2 NU run which would give the Eagles a 41-32 lead as Greene would drill a jumper at the buzzer.
NU led the entire second half and two free throws by Nemanja Grujicic would give the Eagles their second largest lead of the half, 51-40, at the 15:47 mark. Michael Greene would then put the Eagles up by 12 with his jumper, 56-44, with 12:04 showing on the clock. Leading by ten, 70-60, with 2:13 left in the game, NU would hold off an OIT comeback attempt to post their 16th win of the season as Greene would hit 3 of 4 free throws with 5 seconds remaining
In addition to McIntosh’s game high 33 points, Northwest U. (16-4, 6-2 CCC) got 27 points and 11 rebounds from junior, Michael Greene, his 9th double-double of the season. Nemanja Grujicic added 11 points for the Eagles who shot 52% for the game. NU also out rebounded OIT 36-30.
For Oregon Tech (10-10, 1-7 CCC), the defending NAIA national champions, Josh Johnson and Brandon Bautista tied for team high honors with 12 points each. David Clarke contributed 11 points for the Owls. OIT went 26 for 60 for 43% shooting for the night and managed only 57% (8-14) from the free throw line.
“It was a great win for our program,” stated John Van Dyke, Eagle head coach. “Any time you can defeat a Danny Miles team, it’s a well earned victory. It was a total team effort tonight as we had players stepping in for others who were injured and players giving us valuable minutes who were not feeling well. It was also good to have Cody Shackett back in the line up.”
No. 22 Northwest U. moves on to Ashland tomorrow for a match up with No. 12 ranked Southern Oregon for another CCC game at 7:30 p.m. Oregon Tech will host Evergreen.
Posted on Friday, January 11, 2013 Share on Facebook