SIOUX FALLS—The Oregon Tech men were denied their fourth NAIA basketball title on Tuesday, falling to Spring Arbor (Mich.) in the championship game, 82-76.
The Cougars hit 11 three-pointers, and Brandon Durnell erupted for 35 points, giving them their first basketball championship in school history.
Spring Arbor led by as many as 13 in the second half and 11 with four minutes to go, until Oregon Tech junior Mitch Fink went on a personal 8-1 run to cut the deficit to four with three minutes left.
That’s as close as the Hustlin’ Owls would get, however, and Spring Arbor was able to run out the clock with its bread-and-butter half-court, slow-tempo offense.
Fink led Oregon Tech with 25 points.
The future remains bright for OIT, as it returns every starter from this year’s team and only graduates one senior.
This story will be updated.