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.
OIT guard Seth Erickson scored all 15 of his points after halftime, going 3-of-4 from 3-point range to lift the Owls (21-5 overall, 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-of-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 were 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-of-61) and were marred by an 11-of-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, which won’t play again until Feb. 8 and 9 at Corban and Northwest Christian.
The Owls went two games up over College of Idaho (10-2 CCC) in the win column for first place.
OREGON TECH 71, SOUTHERN OREGON 62: At Klamath Falls, Oregon Tech interrupted up a back-and-forth affair with 16 unanswered third-quarter points against No. 24 Southern Oregon, a flurry that swung the game for good in the Owls’ Cascade Conference win at Danny Miles Court.
After a cold start left the Raiders (16-6 overall, 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. They 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. Owls all-star Nohea Waiwaiole checked in with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two blocks.
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 finished 8-of-19 with seven boards. Destinee Jones added six points and nine rebounds and Sophia Altemus scored nine off the bench.
SOU and OIT have split each of their last three regular-season series.
The Raiders had won four straight entering the contest.
They’ll be off until a Feb. 8 visit to Corban (10-3 CCC), which moved one game ahead of them in the loss column in second place.