Oregon Tech Hangs on to Beat Warner University
Morgan Hofman grabbed a game-high seven rebounds and scored five points in win over Warner University. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
ASHLAND, Ore. – Oregon Tech used an 8-0 second half run to pull ahead of Warner University, Fla. and held on down the stretch to take the first game of the Southern Oregon Classic by a 68-65 final.
With the victory Oregon Tech moved to 6-1 overall and will play visitor to Cal Pac member, Cal Maritime Academy, Saturday beginning at 1:30 PM the game will be broadcast on 92.5 KLAD-FM being moved so the Civil War between Oregon and Oregon State can air on Sports Legends 960 KLAD AM.
After going back-and-forth to start the contest, Oregon Tech moved out to a 24-14 advantage. The Royals, however, put together a 15-2 run before Tech’s Kiana Caban stopped the bleeding and closed out the first half scoring with a baseline jumper as the buzzer sounded, with the Owls heading into intermission trailing 29-28.
Tech was aggressive coming out in the second half bumping their lead to 44-37, while an ensuing 8-0 run gave the Owls a 15 point advantage, their largest of the game, with just over 12 minutes to play.
Warner managed to close the gap to four points, 56-52, over the next five minutes, but the Owls would lead 61-52 with 2:08 on the clock. Warner never went away, closing to within two points with five seconds remaining to play, but a Tech free throw with three ticks would win it as WU was unable to get a shot off before the buzzer sounded.
Four Owls finished in double figures led by Aundrea Albright and Kassi Conditt with 14 points each. The duo combined for nine rebounds. Karissa Dixon netted 11 points, grabbed six rebounds, handed out three assists and recorded two steals, while Carrie Thibault scored 10 points, including 6-of-7 from the free throw line.
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