Mounties snap drought at OIT

Written by Steve Matthies, Herald & News Sports Editor December 18, 2012 08:30 am

EOU rebounds after loss to Raiders to break Tech’s streak

KLAMATH FALLS — One of college basketball’s longest winning streaks came to an end Saturday night at Danny Miles Court.

Zach Anderson, who became eligible when the fall term ended last week, scored on a putback with two seconds to play to lift second-rated Eastern Oregon to a 75-73 Cascade Collegiate Conference men’s basketball victory over Oregon Tech. 

The victory is Eastern’s first at OIT since Feb. 16, 1979.

OIT had won 32 straight home games over the Mountaineers, and now is 39-2 against EOU in coach Danny Miles’ 42 years with the Hustlin’ Owls.

“I told them they played like champions,” Miles said of his short talk with his players after the game. “We had the effort. Obviously, not having Josh Wiseman hurt.”

Wiseman suffered a concussion in Friday’s loss to The College of Idaho and will be idle until after the first of the year.

“We talked about how everyone had to step up and contribute,” Josh Johnson said of the Owls. “We just couldn’t get it down at the end.”

Johnson scored OIT’s last point of the game, a free throw that tied the score for the last time at 73.

Chances for both

Both teams had chances after the last points before Anderson scored to help Eastern push its record to 15-1 and rebound from its first loss of the season Friday at Southern Oregon.

When Alex Zerbach nailed a three-point shot in the overtime session, Tech led, 72-67.

A pair of ill-advised shots helped EOU get back into the game and silence what had become a loud crowd.

Tech had used a 10-0 run to take control of the game early and had a pair of 13-point leads in the first half.

Eastern made four three-point goals in the final two minutes of the first half to cut its deficit to 37-36 at the break.

Rally not enough

The Mounties would hold a five-point lead in the second half before the Owls rallied and a potential game-winning shot with two seconds left in regulation by Brandon Bautista hit the rim.

After Anderson gave EOU its final lead, a three-point attempt for the win by David Clarke hit the rim and sent the jubilant Mounties into a frenzy, both on the court and in the stands.

The win spoiled a brilliant game by Johnson, who finished with 28 points and six rebounds. 

He also had three steals and three assists.

Three of his four turnovers came on three of the six offensive fouls called against the Hustlin’ Owls.

Jason Mumm led Eastern with 22 points.

Anthony Brown and Anderson each added 12 points, respectively.

Raiders 72, Mounties 68

ASHLAND — The No. 12 Southern Oregon University Raiders upset the No. 2 Eastern Oregon Mountaineers, 72-68 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play Friday night.

Trent Roos led Eastern with 20 points shooting seven of 11 from the field. 

Brown finished with 14 points and eight rebounds while teammate Cody Thurmond had 15 points.

Southern (10-3, 3-0 CCC) had three players finish in double figures led by Kyle Tedder with 21 points. Eric Thompson and David Sturner finished with 15 and 14 points, respectively.  

In the first half, both teams battled back and forth as there was six lead changes and two ties. 

Offensively both teams struggled in the first half. Eastern shot just 36 percent (10 of 28) from the field while Southern shot 32 percent (11 of 24) from the field.  

The Mountaineers dominated the glass in the half, outrebounding the Raiders 27-17.

The second half was as evenly contested as the first. 

There were 15 lead changes and nine ties before the final minute of the game. 

EOU finished the game shooting 42 percent from the field.