OIT Men and Women beat SOU in Basketball

OIT's Bobby Hunter with a dunk during Saturday nights game against SOU. Courtesy of Kelly Caleb


KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – No. 2 ranked Oregon Tech set the tone with an 8-0 run to open up the game and didn’t look back, hammering rival Southern Oregon 78-60 in Cascade Conference action tonight at Danny Miles Court.

Oregon Tech moved to 23-3 on the season and 12-2 in conference play, while Southern Oregon fell to 15-10 overall and 8-6 in the CCC standings.

After leading 8-0, SOU answered to pull within four points, 12-8, with 13:56 to play in the opening stanza.

Tech’s Jason Gamblin later connected on a jumper to give the Owls their first double digit lead of the contest at 25-14. After a pair of Kyle Gomez free throws and ensuing Gomez layup Tech led by 18, the largest of the first half, 38-20. The Owls would head to the half with a 40-28 lead after an 8-2 SOU spurt to end the period.

Tech would maintain a 14 point lead, 50-36, before Alex Zerbach capped a 9-0 Tech run to move out to a 59-36 lead. The Owls would eventually lead by 29, before SOU attempted late comeback.

SOU would cut the lead to 16 points with under two minutes remaining, but that was as close as it would get, as the Owls took the game by a 78-60 final.

Bobby Hunter led the Owl attack with 20 points to go with five rebounds and four assists in the win for the Owls. Jason Gamblin finished with 15 points on 7-for-9 from the field and six rebounds. Kyle Gomez added nine points and five assists with David Clarke scoring seven points and handing out six assists.

SOU was led by Eric Thompson with 14 points while grabbing five rebounds. Jordan Highland added 12 points with Jeff Bush coming up with eight points, five rebounds and five assists in the loss for the Raiders.

Lady Owls:

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech started the game on a 16-4 run, held rival Southern Oregon to just 14 first half points and methodically pulled away in the second half, as the Owls secured a 62-36 victory in Cascade Conference women’s basketball action tonight at Danny Miles Court.

Oregon Tech moved to 20-6 overall and 9-5 in CCC play, while SOU fell to 13-12 on the season and 4-10 in the conference standings.

Tech held an 8-4 edge, before A Karissa Dixon trey put the Owls up 11-4. Tech would move up 16-4 before SOU’s Josi McDermott answered with a short jumper to make it 16-6 with 6:49 remaining in the opening period.

Dixon would hit another from long distance, at the two minute mark, giving Tech a 17 point advantage, the largest lead of the half for the Owls, before settling for a 29-14 lead at intermission.

Seven straight points sent the Owls to a 36-14 advantage to open up the second period, before SOU answered with a triple from RaTanya Newsome to close the gap to 36-17.

The rally didn’t last long, as the home team responded with a 14-5 run to put the Owls up 28. Another Dixon basket from long range with 5:25 to play gave the Owls a 33 point lead, their largest of the game, before cruising to a 62-36 win.

Karissa Dixon led all scorers with a game-high 21 points on 8-of-10 from the field, to go with five rebounds and a pair of assists. Aundrea Albright was 7-for-11 from the field for 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Jazzy McDaniel grabbed a game-high nine boards and scored six points, while Morgan Hofman handed out five assists in the win.

RaTanya Newsome led SOU with 13 points, followed by Josi McDermott with six. Nalani Hernandez grabbed a team-high eight boards in the loss for the Raiders.

Tech held SOU to 24% shooting on the night, while connecting on 44.6% (25-for-56). The Owls outrebounded their opponent 48-to29, including 18 from the offensive end.

Oregon Tech will host Northwest University Friday and Evergreen State Saturday in the last regular season home games of the year.