Simpson shows improvement against OIT
Simpson University Sports News
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. - Simpson University men's basketball team was in action against the Owls from Oregon Tech for the third time this season on Monday, Jan. 2. The Owls were very impressive in the first two matchups between these teams winning by 32 points and 21 points. Monday night’s matchup was the same result, and the Red Hawks lost by 16 (89-73). Interestingly enough, The Owls scored exactly 89 points in all three of their wins over the Red Hawks this season.
The Red Hawks came out determined to keep the game closer than the others. They were successful in the first half; they were within eight points at the halftime break (40-32). The difference in the half was second chance points for the Owls as they grabbed seven offensive rebounds to keep possessions alive. Bobby Hunter led the way for the Owls with 15 points, and Scotty Riddle had 12 points. Bryan Castillo had 10 in the first half for the Red Hawks with Calvin Smith adding seven.
In the second half, the Owls were able to open up their lead slowly throughout the half and were up by 17 points with 6:44 to play. They extended their lead to as many as 21 points before the Red Hawks chipped into the lead. The Owls were never really worried by the Red Hawks in the half as they finished off the game with the 89-73 victory.
The Owls were led by Hunter who finished the night with 24 points in the winning effort. Riddle added 15, Kyle Gomez added 13 and Jason Gamlin put in 11 for the Owls. Smith led Simpson with 16 points. Castillo was close behind with 14 points. Travis Derochowski was also in double figures with 11 points.
The Red Hawks drop to 1-12 on the season. Simpson will now focus on their conference play which begins on Thursday, Jan. 5 against the Oaks from Menlo College at 7 p.m. in Atherton, Calif.
Written by Dan Anderson
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