Tech's Josh Wiseman had a Game High 15 Points in loss (Photo by Kelly Caleb)
ROCKLIN, Calif. — History repeated itself for the fifth straight year.
Cal State-Maritime stopped Oregon Tech, 69-59, Saturday at the William Jessup University men's basketball tournament, marking the fifth consecutive time the Hustlin' Owls have opened the weekend with a win and dropped the second game.
It is the second straight year the Keelhaulers have handed OIT its first loss of the season. Saturday, Mihaljo Matic hit a three-point shot to give Oregon Tech a 3-2 lead barely two minutes into the game. It would be the Hustlin' Owls' only lead of the night, although Tech would manage to tie the game three times, at 6-6, 8-8 and 10-10.
The Keelhaulers would open up a 16-point lead before the halftime intermission, and up their advantage to 18 before OIT would mount a comeback that allowed the Hustlin' Owls to cut their deficit to four points four different times, last with just under two minutes to play.
In falling behind by the margin it did, Tech hurt itself with a 27.6 percent shooting effort in the first half, and finished the game making 19-of-55 shots from the floor (34.5 percent). That included a 7-of-21 effort from three-point range.
CSU-Maritime finished the defensive game shooting 39.7 percent, and was 4-of-12 from long range.
A significant key for the Keelhaulers was a 43-26 edge in rebounds, including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds.
Erik Hanson had seven rebounds for Maritime, while Anthony Simi and Christian Scott both had six. Matic and David Clarke both led OIT with five rebounds.
Josh Wiseman, who took game scoring honors with 15 OIT points, had two of OIT's offensive rebounds. Wiseman, who had a career high in points, also led Tech with five assists. Kyle Waits added 12 points, and Alex Zerbach 10, for the Hustlin' Owls.
Simi led the Keelhaulers with 14 points, while Ethan Guiles added 10.
After three games on the road, Oregon Tech now returns home for three games, starting with a 7:30 p.m. Tuesday game against Multnomah University of Portland. Then comes the Midland Empire Classic next Friday and Saturday, with William Jessup, Holy Names and Southern Oregon also in the competition.