KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – College of Idaho used the last 13 minutes to pull away from Oregon Tech, as Head Coach Danny Miles and his Hustlin’ Owls were trying for career-win 1,000 in front of a packed Danny Miles Court. Tech fell by a 79-65 final tonight in men’s Cascade Conference basketball action.
Oregon Tech drops to 12-11 overall and 5-6 in the conference standings, while College of Idaho moved to 18-5 on the season and stays atop the CCC with a 9-2 mark.
It was all Owls to start the game, as Tech moved up 16-8 on a Brandon Bautista jumper at the midway point of the first period. Four minutes later, however, Taylor Pruett gave C of I back the lead, 21-20, after a score with 6:46 on the clock.
College of Idaho would move up by as many as six points on two occasions before back-to-back Austen Flint free throws with under a minute to go tied the game at 34-all. Joe Vaz would send the visitors to intermission up 36-34 with the final basket of the first half.
The teams see-sawed to start period 2 before Kyle Waits connected from inside the paint to jumpstart a 7-0 run for Tech. Duncan Schramm capped it off with a 3-pointer to give the Owls a 48-44 advantage with 15:02 remaining to play.
C of I would score the next four points to tie it at 48-48, and Zach Peterson would give the ‘Yotes the lead for good on his triple with 12:35 to go, as Tech trailed 51-48. The visitors then went on a 7-2 run to push the advantage to 58-50 at the midway point.
Oregon Tech would cut their deficit to five points, 58-53, on a Duncan Schramm triple, but would get no closer as C of I methodically pulled away to earn the 79-65 win.
Duncan Schramm led the Tech offense with 20 points, followed by 12 from Brandon Bautista. Derek Evans would tally nine points with Austen Flint chipping in eight in the loss.
Zach Peterson led all scorers with 17 points, followed by a double-double from Taylor Pruett with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan O’Byrne, Sydney Donaldson and Antonio Garrett finished the night with nine points each.
Oregon Tech next travels to Eugene and Salem to take on Northwest Christian University and Corban University this Friday and Saturday.