College Hoops: OIT over Eastern; SOU men upset C of I
Oregon Tech Women's Hoops:
It has been 25 months to the day since No. 9 Eastern Oregon lost their last Cascade Conference game. That loss came at the hands of the Oregon Tech Lady Owls on January 15, 2017. History repeated itself as the Lady Owls not only broke the Mountaineers’ 48-game conference win streak, but their 24-game win streak this season with the 74-69 victory on Friday night at Danny Miles Court, pushing their own win streak to 11.
Oregon Tech suffered in the first quarter as EOU outscored them 17-11 with an 8-0 run, boosting them ahead early in the game and an 8-2 run keeping them there.
However, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Sophomore Abby Kreiser gave the Owls renewed energy as they pushed into the second stanza with a 6-0 run to tie the game.
Kreiser went on to lead Tech with 16 points, with Freshman Courtney Clemmer adding another 13 as well as seven rebounds. Senior Megan Morris tallied another 10, and Sophomore Amanda Constant added nine.
Senior Nohea Waiwaiole notched six points and also led the Owls to a 14-9 assist advantage with six of her own.
Oregon Tech Men's Hoops:
As the No. 10 Hustlin’ Owls (14-3 CCC, 23-6) took down Eastern Oregon (9-8 CCC, 14-14) on Friday night at Danny Miles Court 91-61, over in Ashland Southern Oregon University took down No. 3 College of Idaho 85-69 making Tech’s game against the Yotes tomorrow a winner-take-all for first place in the Cascade Conference.
The first half was a shaky start for OIT as the two teams fought for dominance. The Owls led off with an 11-2 run to claim a lead only to have it quickly lost to a 12-2 run for the Mountaineers. However, a 16-4 Tech run – led by sophomore Harrison Steiger, who added 13 of the 16 points – put them in the lead for good.
Southern Oregon University Women's Hoops:
Second-half shooting woes were too much for the Southern Oregon women’s basketball team to overcome in a 59-52 loss to College of Idaho on Friday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The Raiders (16-9 overall, 12-7 Cascade Conference) hit on just 19 percent of their attempts (7-of-36) in the third and fourth quarters, when the Yotes (15-12, 11-8) outscored them 37-23.
C of I’s Alyssa Case went for 16 points and four assists, but the biggest buckets of the night came from freshman reserve Kaylee Krusemark, who hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored all 12 of her points after halftime. The team’s leading scorer, Alyssa Case, was held to 2-of-7 shooting but pulled down 15 rebounds.
The Yotes had dropped their previous 13 matchups with SOU.
Southern Oregon University Men's Hoops:
Third-ranked College of Idaho had to put its celebration on hold after falling victim to Southern Oregon's most complete game of the season on Friday at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
On the penultimate night of the regular season, the Raiders stuck an 85-69 loss on the Yotes and knocked off an NAIA Top 25 opponent for the second game in a row. C of I (25-4 overall, 14-3 Cascade Conference) could have clinched a share of the CCC championship with a win, but instead will play a winner-take-all game at No. 10 Oregon Tech on Saturday.
The Raiders (19-9, 9-8) led for the final 28 minutes. They shot 54 percent from the field and assisted 24 of their 30 baskets. Jordan Hunt (18 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists), Tez Allen (15 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) and Tristen Holmes (14 points, 6 assists) were the catalysts of a balanced offense.