KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – The Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls men’s basketball team entered this season with a lot of roster turnaround, some of which was expected with graduating seniors, and some not. In all, OIT lost four of its top five scorers from the 2012 National Championship team. The fifth, David Clarke, is leading this year’s team in scoring.
Within the current season, there’s been more unexpected turns with Josh Wiseman missing time because of injury before leaving the team to help his family.
Now, coach Danny Miles says sophomore post Josh Johnson is out for the season with a foot injury. Johnson’s injury and an unexpected illness affected Miles’ team in a 72-53 loss last Saturday at Southern Oregon.
Oregon Tech men’s basketball coach Danny Miles on the Oregon Tech Owls Coaches Show on 960 the Sports Legend
The Owls also committed 24 turnovers in the game, as did SOU, but the Raiders shot over 50 percent.
Johnson was averaging 11 points and six rebounds per game. Combined with the season loss of Wiseman, OIT took a hit of over 23 points per game by losing those two. Mihajlo Matic is Oregon Tech’s second-leading scorer.
Junior transfer Dani Lopez knows he and teammate Kyle Waits have a big role in replacing Johnson in the frontcourt. Oregon Tech plays its final four regular season games this weekend, plus there’s potentially the Cascade Collegiate Conference Tournament.
Oregon Tech junior Dani Lopez
OIT plays at Evergreen State on Friday and Northwest on Saturday.
Photo courtesy: Kelly Caleb