Duncan Schramm led the Owls with 18 points in loss to William Jessup. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Oregon Tech let a nine point second half lead get away, as William Jessup University defeated the Hustlin’ Owls, 76-71, in day 1 of the Midland Empire Insurance Classic tonight at Danny Miles Court.
The teams traded baskets through the first nine minutes of play, as both Oregon Tech and William Jessup were tied up 13-13 nearing the midway point.
A Duncan Schramm triple gave Tech some momentum, as the Owls pushed the lead to double digits on a Kyle Waits layup to make it 31-21 with 4:33 in the first half.
The Owls took their biggest lead of 12 points on a Josh Johnson score with under 20 seconds in the half, but WJU’s Kelton Newman would connect from long range to end the half, with the Owls taking a 41-32 lead into the intermission.
The Owls held their lead for the first nine minutes of the second stanza, only to see WJU mount a comeback, eventually taking a 53-51 lead with 11:28 to play.
The teams went back-and-forth over the next six minutes, as the Owls used a Kyle Waits free throw to jump back up 69-64 with under five minutes on the clock.
William Jessup closed to within two points, 69-67, on back-to-back free throws, but a pair of freebies by Josh Johnson gave Tech a 71-67 lead with 2:26 remaining. It would be the last score for the home team.
WJU’s Matt Thompson connected from long range, and when the Owls came up empty on their next try, Cory Clement scored the go ahead basket with 1:08 to play and gave the visitors a 72-71 lead.
Oregon Tech was unable to score on their next try, while the Warriors connected on four free throws down the stretch to win 76-71.
Duncan Schramm scored a team-high 18 points to lead Tech, with Kyle Waits coming up with a double-double performance with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Josh Johnson would chip in 16 points in the loss.
Cory Clement led WJU with a game-high 27 points and capped his effort with a double-double after grabbing 10 rebounds. Kelton Newman added 15 points and Tim Oswold 11 rebounds in the win.
Oregon Tech (3-3) will take on Westminster College on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to conclude the Midland Empire Classic.