Dec. 19, 2009
CALDWELL, Idaho - Kelvin Potts rattled in a baseline runner as time expired, lifting The College of Idaho to a wild 80-79 victory over No. 5 ranked Oregon Tech tonight in the J.A. Albertson Activities Center.
The Coyotes (5-5, 1-2 CCC) battled back from an 11-point deficit with six minutes left to take a 78-77 lead on a Craig McGee lay-up with 33 seconds left. The Owls, who had a six-game win streak against the Yotes snapped, played for a final shot, with Justin Parnell tipping home a missed Joseph Foster lay-up with five seconds left. Potts would take the inbounds pass and drive 94-feet, floating up a shot at the horn, which bounced three times around the cylinder before falling through the twine.
OIT (11-2, 2-1) seemingly had the game in hand, using a 17-5 second half run to erase a three-point Coyote lead, pushing the margin to 73-62 on a long Parnell trey with 6:17 left. However, a switch to zone defense ignited the Yotes, as fast break lay-ups by Jabari McIntosh and Steve Peres, followed by a three-pointer from Noah Gottlieb, got the hosts back in the game. Matt Ballenger added a driving lay-up and a long triple to pull the Yotes within 77-76 with two minutes left.
The Yotes held a 38-28 edge on the glass against the second-best rebounding team in the NAIA and won despite committing 17 turnovers. The C of I took 13 more free throw attempts than the Owls, outscoring OIT 24-13 at the line.
It marked the seventh time that a Coyote team under head coach Mark Owen has defeated a Top-5 opponent – and first since 2006-07. It is the second Top-10 team that the Yotes have toppled this season, as The C of I defeated NAIA Division I No. 9 Westminster in November.
McIntosh had a career-night for the Yotes, recording his first double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Gottlieb had 15 points and seven rebounds, McGee logged 15 points and 11 rebounds, with Potts scoring 13 and Ballenger 11.
Parnell led Tech with 23 points and seven rebounds, with Myles Daley and Kyle Gomez each scoring 13. Foster had 12 points, six rebounds, and six assists, with Brent Johnson recording ten points off the bench.
The Coyotes, who have won three in a row, host Southern Oregon tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m.