Johnson & Wales finished their Oregon roadtrip with a tough 89-102 loss to #5 Oregon Tech. The Wildcats put themselves on the board first behind Eric Gardzina and Jake Campbell and managed to keep OIT close in the first 10 minutes before the Hustlin' Owls began to pull away. Oregon Tech built up a 24 point first half lead before JWU cut it down to 37-54 heading into the break. OIT converted 23 of 24 attempts from the free throw line in the first half while the 'Cats made a trip to the line just 10 times connecting on 9 attempts.
In the second half JWU continued to push the Hustlin' Owls for possession often finding themselves on the receiving end of a foul, but managed to shrink the lead to 59-49 with 15:53 left to play. The Widcats kept their momentum to keep the game within a few buckets but were running out of time. Five Wildcats found themselves in foul trouble late in the game with Gardzina and Geoffrey Todd exiting early from accumulation. Like the first half, OIT found success 15 of 20 times from the free throw line while JWU was 10 of 12. By the end of the game, Johnson & Wales out-rebounded Oregon Tech 35-22 but recorded 32 personal fouls to the Hustlin' Owls 18 in the loss.
Campbell led all scorers with 31 points and dished out five assists. Todd and Gardzina each had five boards for the Wildcats. Kyle Gomez had 27 points and six rebounds for Oregon Tech.
Johnson & Wales return home to host A.I.I. opponent Valley City State University in a doubleheader on Saturday, December 17 at 3:00 PM.