KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – An 18-5 College of Idaho run to open the second half erased an 8 point Oregon Tech lead, as the Yotes defeated the Hustlin’ Owls tonight at Danny Miles Court in Cascade Conference men’s basketball action 79-72. It is Oregon Tech’s first loss at home to C of I since a 66-62 setback in the 2005 Cascade Conference Tournament semifinals.
David Clarke was a rebound away from a double-double, as the senior netted 13 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Oregon Tech falls to 9-5 on the season and 1-2 in Cascade Conference play. College of Idaho evens their record to 6-6 overall and 2-1 in the CCC standings.
David Clarke got the Owls off to a 2-0 lead, but College of Idaho quickly tied the game and then rushed to a 14-4 lead five minutes in.
A 3-pointer from Clarke, along with back-to-back free throws by Alex Zerbach capped a 15-5 Tech run, as the Owls tied the game at 19-19 with 9:02 to play in period 1.
Over the next nine minutes the Hustlin’ Owls would outscore the Yotes 20-12 and take a 39-31 advantage into intermission.
Tech went cold to open period 2, as the Yotes used a 13-5 run to tie the game at 44-44, while a pair of free throws and a Duncan Koga triple pushed C of I to a 49-44 lead.
The Owls got as close a single point on two occasions, the last 52-51, but C of I methodically pulled away and took control, as the visitors led 71-61 with just over two minutes remaining. Tech would trail by as many as 11 points before falling by a 79-72 final.
Mihajlo Matic led the Owls with a game-high 21 points, including a 5-for-10 effort from the 3-point line. David Clarke contributed 13 points to go with a game-high 9 rebounds with Brandon Bautista and Josh Wiseman adding 9 points each in the loss. Josh Johnson finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds with Derek Evans adding 7 points.
Four Yotes finished in double figures with Sydney Donaldson and Duncan Koga leading the way with 16 points each. Taylor Pruitt recorded 12 points and Anotonio Garrett 10 in the win.
Oregon Tech hit 25-of-64 shots from the floor (39.1%) with C of I connecting on 43.9% overall (25-of-57), including an 8-for-20 effort from beyond the arch. Oregon Tech held a 47-35 advantage on the boards.
Oregon Tech next hosts No. 2 Eastern Oregon University tomorrow, with the Yotes traveling to Ashland to take on Southern Oregon University.