Story by Matthew Munhall.
KLAMATH FALLS -- The Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls took down the NCU Beacons by a score of 99-89, on the strength of Andrew Weber’s double-double, to see the Owls move into a 3-way tie for 3rd place in the CCC standings at 12-5.
Starting out with good back-and-forth play the game was tied 7-7, before NCU went on a 15-7 run, pushing their lead to 8-points, their biggest of the half. Tech stayed in the game and quickly responded with a 10-2 run of their own, bringing the game back level at 24-24. The two foes would slug out the remainder of the half, keeping the game within 4-points for the last 8:00 minutes.
The final minute of the half brought about great closing action, as Harrison Steiger would break down the court with defensive pressure on his back, going up and finishing his dunk while being fouled. Steiger put down his free-throw, making it a 4-point game, but NCU was not done. Reece Robinson from NCU had an open look from behind the 3-point line, sinking his shot and bringing the game 43-42 as the buzzer sounded.
Coming back onto the floor after the break, the Hustlin’ Owls found a quick 7-3 run, pushing their lead to 5-points, tying their biggest lead of the night. The Beacons began firing again, and the teams went back to exchanging baskets. Over the next 10:00 minutes, the game would see four lead changes and four tied scores.
Closing in on the final few minutes of the contest, a 15-0 run for the Owls saw them begin to walk away with the game, but the Beacons did not give up easily. The away team fought to narrow the gap and brought the game back within 8-points, but there was not enough time left on the clock, as the final buzzer sounded with a score of 99-89.
On the night, the Beacons were led by senior Michael Loomis with 26-points, while Austin Tyner put in 19-points, and teammates Spencer Mattox adding 13-points and Tyrus Hosley contributing 10-points.
The Hustlin’ Owls had five players hit double-digits in scoring, but senior Andrew Weber stood out amongst his teammates with a double-double, going 7-7 from the floor and putting up 18-points, while grabbing 13-rebounds. Tyler Hieb put in 20-points on the evening, while Mitchell Fink dropped 15-points and added 8 assists. Jalen Carvalho and Harrison Steiger each had 11-points as well.
With the win, Tech moves to 12-5, in a three-way tie for 3rd place ahead of tomorrow’s CCC action.
The Hustlin’ Owls will be back in action on Sunday evening, as they take on Corban University at 6:00pm at home on Danny Miles Court.