Brandon Bautista got to the basket for 10 points in win over New Hope Christian. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
ASHLAND, Ore. – Kyle Waits scored a game-high 27 points and Oregon Tech moved to 5-5 overall after holding on for a 86-79 win over New Hope Christian College this afternoon at the Flagship Inn Classic in Ashland.
A slow offensive start by both games saw the Owls trail 9-8 five minutes into play. The teams tied at 16-16 nearing the midway point of the first half before Tech jumped out to a 25-17 advantage, and took a 36-33 lead into intermission.
The teams battled through three ties in the second stanza with Tech leading 57-56 with just over 11 minutes remaining to play.
The Owls looked to secure the win after a 12-2 run pushed Tech to an 11 point lead, 69-58, with 6:48 remaining in the game. The Owls would eventually hold on to a comfortable 13 point edge, 76-63, with under five minutes on the clock, however, NHC, never went away.
Over the next four minutes, the Deacons used a 14-4 push to get to within a possession, but with 43 seconds remaining a pair of Austen Flint free throws made it a five point game, 82-77, with 30 seconds to play. NHC got it to three once again but the Owls closed the game with a 4-for-4 effort at the charity stripe to earn the 86-79 victory.
Kyle Waits, for the second-straight game, led the Owls with a game-high 27 points to go with 10 rebounds for a double-double. Mihajlo Matic added 17 points with Derek Evans recording 11 in the win for Tech. Austen Flint and Brandon Bautista finished with 10 each to put five Owls in double figures. Tanner Manselle grabbed 10 rebounds and chipped in eight points.
Nick Dillingham led the Deacons with a team-high 22 points, followed by 21 points from Alex Coleman. Corey Gnatt added 15 points and TJ Little 12 in the loss for NHC.
Oregon Tech's Kyle Waits (No. 53) recorded a career-high 36 points in loss to SE Florida. (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
ASHLAND, Ore. – Kyle Waits notched a career-high 36 points but it wasn’t enough as the Hustlin’ Owls fell to Southeast University – Florida by an 86-76 final in day 1 of the Flagship Inn Classic today in Ashland.
Oregon Tech fell to 4-5 overall and will take on New Hope Christian Saturday at 3:30 PM to conclude tournament play.
Oregon Tech jumped up early, leading 14-6 five minutes into the opening period. SEU scored the next seven to pull to within one point, 14-13, before leading Tech 23-21 with 11 minutes remaining.
Kyle Waits put Tech back on top with a dunk, 26-25, with the game being tied at 37-37. A 9-0 Fire run put SEU up 46-37 with under three minutes to play before the Owls cut their deficit to six points, 49-43, heading into halftime.
Tech never could regain a lead in the second half, cutting the Fire lead to two points on two occasions, but never could get closer.
Tech would trail by as many as 13 points before SEU would earn a 10 point win, 86-76.
Oregon Tech finished 30-of-61 from the floor (49.2%) and 7-for-23 from long range. SEU hit on 33-of-54 attempts (61.1%), including 10-of-16 from the 3-point line.
For Tech Kyle Waits was 15-of-22 from the field and 6-for-9 from the charity stripe for his career-high 36 points to lead all scorers. Josh Johnson chipped in 11 points and Derek Evans nine for the Owls.
Dwayne Johnson led the Fire with a team-high 24 points with Jake Hodges and Jordan Talley recording 16 points each.
Mihajlo Matic scord 11 points tonight versus Southern Oregon. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech hit just 32.4% of their field goals and Southern Oregon pulled away in the second half, as the Owls fell to the No. 4 ranked Raiders in a non-conference men’s basketball game, 75-59, tonight at Danny Miles Court.
Oregon Tech is even on the season at 4-4 and next travels to Ashland to take part in the Flagship Inn Classic hosted by SOU. Southern Oregon, meanwhile, improved to 5-1 on the season.
Tim Weber got the visitors on the board first with a 3-point field goal to open the scoring and SOU led the entire way.
With the Owls down four, 19-15, the Raiders used an 8-2 run over the next four minutes to get some breathing room and lead by double digits, 27-17.
Tech, however, turned around with a 9-2 run of their own and closed to within three points, 29-26, with under a minute remaining in the first period before SOU hit a pair of free throws to close out the scoring, as the Owls would trail 31-26 at intermission.
Tech continued to keep it close, trailing by four points, 38-34 four minutes into the second half. SOU, however, would use an 18-5 push to take control and lead at the midway point by a 56-39 margin.
Oregon Tech would close the gap to 12 points on two occasions, the last with under four minutes remaining but never got it closer, falling to the Raiders by a 75-59 final.
Kyle Waits led the Owls with a team-high 18 points and recorded a double-double with his 11 rebounds. Mihajlo Matic notched 11 points with Duncan Schramm and Josh Johnson coming away with eight points each.
David Sturner led the visitors with a double-double, 19 points and 10 rebounds with Tim Weber coming up with 17 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Eric Thompson added 14 points and Jordan West 12 for the Raiders.