Courtesy: Oregon Tech Athletics
SALEM, Ore. – Oregon Tech’s Danny Miles became just the second men’s basketball coach at a four-year level to reach 1,000 career victories when his Hustlin’ Owls ran past Corban University, 71-51, in men’s Cascade Conference basketball in front of a near capacity crowd at the C.E Jeffers Sports Center tonight in Salem.
The win gives Miles a 1,000-409 overall mark in his 43rdseason, all at Oregon Tech. Miles trails only Harry Statham of NCAA DII McKendree University (Illinois). Statham, currently in his 48th season at McKendree has 1,076 to date.
After the contest Miles was presented the game ball by Oregon Tech President Chris Maples and Corban President Sheldon Nord, while “1,000 Win” T-shirts were distributed to player’s and staff. There will be a pregame celebration for Miles prior to Friday’s 7:30 p.m. game versus The Evergreen State College at Danny Miles Court.
Kyle Waits scored a team-high 15 points to go with seven rebounds, while Brandon Bautista finished with 12 and Austen Flint 10 points and four assists in the milestone victory for Tech.
Tech finished 22-of-57 from the floor, including an 11-for-30 effort from long range. The Owls held the Warriors to just a single 3-point field goal, while CU shot 18-for-46 overall. Tech held a 39-31 advantage in rebounds.
Oregon Tech took the initial lead on an Austen Flint triple, only to see the Warriors score the next five straight, which was the only lead the home team would see throughout the contest.
Tied 10-10 with 16:09 remaining in the opening period, the teams went back-and-forth for the next eight minutes with the Owls clinging to a 24-22 lead with 8:36 on the clock. A Brandon Bautista jumper at the 1:37 mark gave Tech their first double digit lead, 43-32, before taking a 48-34 advantage into the break on a Tanner Manselle tip-in at the buzzer.
Six minutes into the second half Corban closed the gap to just 10 points, 56-46, but Tech would answer with a 7-0 push to lead 63-46 at the midway point and never look back.
The Owls went up by as many as 21 points before making history with the 71-51 win.