KLAMATH FALLS — Southern Oregon couldn’t produce enough offense to close a manageable second-half gap against 12th-ranked Oregon Tech, falling 70-61 on Tuesday at Danny Miles Court in men’s basketball.
OIT guard Seth Erickson scored all 15 of his points after halftime, going 3-for-4 from 3-point range to lift the Owls (21-5, 12-2 Cascade Conference) on a night when Mitchell Fink and Tyler Hieb — who totaled 41 in their first matchup with the Raiders (17-8, 7-7) — combined to go 4-for-15 from the field.
Tristen Holmes paced SOU with 16 points, six rebounds and three assists. His floater with 4:39 left cut the Owls’ lead to 56-52 before they went on an 8-1 run capped by Erickson’s dagger 3-pointer.
The teams changed leads eight times and were tied at seven points. Tate Hoffman’s bucket knotted the score at 30-30 in the opening minute of the second half, but back-to-back Erickson triples made it 40-33 three minutes later.
SOU’s Jordan Hunt went for 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks, and Hoffman recorded 10 points and seven boards. As a team, however, the Raiders shot a lowly 34 percent from the field (21-for-61) and were marred by an 11-for-19 showing at the free-throw line in the second half.
Three Owls joined Erickson in double figures: Garret Albrecht (12 points), Cal Stueve (12) and Harrison Steiger (10). Led by Steiger and Stueve, they amassed a 31-14 advantage in bench scoring.
The result ended a four-game winning streak for SOU.
The Owls went a game up over College of Idaho (10-2 CCC) in the win column for first place.
OREGON TECH 71, SOU 62: At Klamath Falls, Oregon Tech scored 16 unanswered third-quarter points to lead the win over No. 24 Southern Oregon.
After a cold start left the Raiders (16-6, 12-4 CCC) down by as many as nine points in the first half, they held the Owls (16-8, 10-4) to eight points in the second quarter and went into halftime down 27-26. SOU opened the third quarter on a 9-2 run, too, before OIT caught fire.
The Owls drilled four 3-pointers during their spurt — they’d connected on just three before it — and got the last two from freshman Kristin Farrell, a reserve guard who finished with 14 points, six rebounds and four 3s.
It was 50-43 at the start of the fourth when the Owls ran off another 8-0 segment started by Abby Kreiser and Amanda Constant 3-pointers. They went 10 of 23 in the game from downtown, while the Raiders hit a season-low three from outside.
Kreiser finished with 11 points, seven assists and three steals.
SOU’s Dominique Harding and Ariel Augustine scored 18 apiece. Harding went 6 of 7 from the field, pulled down five rebounds and had three of the Raiders’ eight steals, while Augustine grabbed seven boards. Destinee Jones added six points and nine rebounds and Sophia Altemus scored nine off the bench.