KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech sank 8-of-8 free throw tries down the stretch and held off a furious Geoduck comeback bid, as the Hustlin’ Owls secured a 71-68 victory over The Evergreen State College in Cascade Conference men’s basketball action tonight at Danny Miles Court. The Owls led by 11 points with three minutes to play but held just a slim 63-61 lead with 38 ticks on the clock.
Kyle Waits finished with 11 points in win over The Evergreen State College. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
Oregon Tech improves to 11-10 overall and 2-7 at the midway point of conference play. The Evergreen State College falls to 2-15 on the season and 1-8 in CCC action.
Josh Johnson recorded a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Hustlin’ Owls to a win. Mihajlo Matic netted 13 points followed by David Clarke with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Kyle Waits rounded out Tech’s double digit scoring with 11 points.
Michael Potter finished with a game-high 20 points leading the Geoducks, while Cody Peters added 17 points, including a 5-for-6 effort from 3-point range, to go with 5 rebounds. Marc Taylor grabbed 9 rebounds and scored 5 points.
Oregon Tech jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead before Michael Potter hit the Geoducks first basket, a 3-pointer, nearly five minutes into the game. That score led to a TESC 11-0 run that tied the game, 11-11, at the 12:45 mark of the first period.
Evergreen State would move up by as many as four points, 17-13, before the Owls tied the game at 17-17. The Hustlin’ Owls, using a 15-3 run, moved up by 12 points, 32-20, with just under three minutes in period 1, but the Geoducks would score the final six points of the opening half, as the home team took a 32-26 lead into intermission.
The Evergreen State College got as close as three points, 36-33, five minutes into the second half, but the Owls would build a double digit lead, 53-42, with nine minutes to play.
Cody Peters got TESC going on a dunk off an offensive rebound and capped a 9-0 run on a tip-in, as the Geoducks trailed by just two points, 63-61, with 38 seconds to play.
Oregon Tech responded with an 8-of-8 effort at the charity stripe down the stretch as the Owls held on for a 71-68 victory.