Pin-happy SOU unchallenged at Bronco Duals

HASTINGS, Neb. — The Midwest was no match for Southern Oregon University on Saturday at the Hastings Bronco Duals, where the Raiders stormed past four opponents with 17 wins by fall to improve to 9-2.

By the end of the afternoon, No. 13 SOU defeated Doane (Neb.), 44-12; Northwestern (Iowa), 36-9; York (Neb.), 45-12; and Wayland Baptist (Texas), 49-3. The Raiders notched bonus-point victories in 23 of 34 contests overall (not including six matches their opponents forfeited) and lost just eight of them.

With six duals remaining this season, their final win, against Wayland Baptist, also clinched the program's 48th consecutive winning record.

Junior 149-pounder Chandler Michael won all four of his matches by fall and needed less than a minute to do so in the last three. Ranked 10th in the NAIA, he now owns a team-high 11 pins and a 19-5 record.

Devin Poppen, the reigning Cascade Conference Wrestler of the Week, also stayed hot with pins against all three of his opponents at 141 pounds. The fourth-ranked junior is 10-0 over the last two weeks and 19-4 overall.

Four more Raiders also had perfect outings: 125-pound freshman Trey Long (3-0), 157-pound junior Hunter Hodges(2-0), 184-pound junior Max Hane (4-0) and 197-pound junior Tanner Fischer (2-0). Long's best day yet as a Raider included a pin and a technical fall, and the sixth-ranked Hodges scored bonus points with a pin and a major decision. Hane — who along with Michael was the only Raider to appear in every dual — won twice by fall and twice by technical fall. Fischer protected his No. 3 ranking with SOU's only victories against top-20 individuals, winning by 15-7 major decision against No. 12 Nicholas Null of Northwestern and by 3-2 decision against No. 14 Jack Murphy of York.

Zane Wardwell was sharp at heavyweight, going 3-1 with two pins and a major decision, and C.J. McKinnis went 2-1 with a pin. Micah Arakawa (165), Tanner Canaday (165) and Matt Peterson (133) contributed one win by fall apiece.

SOU started the morning with a season-high seven wins by fall against Doane.

The Raiders will return to dual action next Friday with back-to-back matchups against Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) and Simon Fraser (B.C.). Both will be hosted by Warner Pacific in Portland.

With eight consecutive wins, they're working on their longest streak going unbeaten in their last 16 duals of the 2008-09 season.

Track and Field

JACOBY INVITE: At Nampa, Idaho, Southern Oregon junior All-American Joseph Dotson kicked off the indoor track and field season with a second-place performance in the heptathlon at the Ed Jacoby Invitational, hosted by Boise State at Jacksons Indoor Track.

Dotson scored 4,646 points over the course of seven events on Friday and Saturday, giving him the No. 2 mark on the NAIA list this season. Sophomore Loghan Sprauer joined him on the trip and scored 3,174 points for fifth place in the women's pentathlon, her first action since 2016.

Dotson and Sprauer became the first Raiders to ever compete in multi-events since SOU began indoor competition in 2012. Both hit provisional marks to compete at the NAIA Indoor Championships on March 1-3 in Pittsburg, Kan.

In a field of seven competitors, Dotson — who was the NAIA runner-up in the outdoor decathlon last spring — recorded the top marks in the shot put at 37 feet 9 inches, the pole vault at 13-9 , and the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2 minutes 45.81 seconds. He was third in the long jump at 20-4 , and checked in with marks of 7.61 seconds in the 60-meter dash, 9.37 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles and 5-10 in the high jump.

Northwest Nazarene's Dakota Tidwell edged him for the win with 4,671 points for the win.

Sprauer's score was the seventh-best in the NAIA this season. Her slate concluded Friday, and she finished strong with a one-second win in the 800 on a time of 2:29.38 that netted her 701 points. She started with a fourth-place effort in the high jump, clearing 5-3, and her highest-scoring performance was in her first-ever crack at the 60-meter hurdles, finishing in 9.61 for 787 points.

Another contingent of Raiders will return to Nampa next Saturday, scheduled to compete at Boise State's Bronco Invite.

Men's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 86, CORBAN 83: At Salem, Southern Oregon finally rediscovered its outside shooting touch and needed all 10 of its 3-pointers to survive another nip-and-tuck battle at Corban.

The No. 23 Raiders got a badly-needed win at the C.E. Jeffers Center over the Warriors, who were coming off a convincing upset of No. 20 Oregon Tech. It wasn't over until Corban guard Chris Martin intercepted an inbounds pass with two seconds left and missed a clean look from the top of the key as the buzzer sounded.

Martin scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half to help the Warriors chip away at what was a 72-55 Raider lead with 10 minutes remaining, but the comeback was not entirely surprising: Of the last eight matchups between the teams, two have gone to overtime and five have been decided by two or three points in regulation. The Raiders (11-7, 6-3 Cascade Conference) have won each of those.

A night after a disheartening loss at Northwest Christian, they put forth a more spirited effort led offensively by sophomore forwards Jordan Hunt, who had 19 points with 3-of-5 shooting from 3 and seven rebounds, and Tate Hoffman, who scored 15 points with two 3-pointers, some clutch free throws down the stretch and three blocks.

Senior guard Kenny Meyer steadied the Raiders with 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting, eight rebounds and three assists. Ben DeSaulnier had 11 points and six rebounds, Aaron Borich scored 10, and Tristen Holmes recorded eight points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Hunt, who went for a season-high 23 points at NCU, helped the Raiders build a lead, which they kept for the final 38 minutes, with 11 first-half points. Triples from Borich and Hoffman put them up 43-35 at the break.

Conor Carroll's three-point play and deep 3-pointer gave SOU its largest lead at 17 points midway through the second half. To climb back in it, the Warriors (12-7, 6-5) hit six 3-pointers the rest of the way after making two up to that point.

The Raiders went 10-of-23 beyond the arc, with Hunt delivering the last make from the wing to put them up 10 points with four minutes left. Their 44-percent clip came after they'd shot 27 percent (26-of-97) in their four previous games since the holiday break; before then, they'd shot 40 percent on the season.

They'll return home next weekend, facing The Evergreen State (Wash.) on Saturday and Northwest (Wash.) on Sunday. Both games tip off at 6 p.m.

Women's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 79, CORBAN 59: At Salem, the 10th-ranked Southern Oregon women's basketball team bullied another opponent, this time the Corban Warriors, in a Cascade Conference win.

The story was the same, but the numbers were more jarring than usual in the ninth straight win for the Raiders (16-1, 8-1 CCC). They forced 38 turnovers — the most for a CCC opponent not named Walla Walla in the last decade — and collected 20 steals, leading for the duration of the game and slowly pulling away after bringing a 10-point lead into halftime.

Senior backcourt mates Toria Bradford and Remi Mejia set the tone, as Mejia scored 17, Bradford scored 15 with five assists, both had five steals and they combined for eight 3-pointers. Mejia went 5-of-12 from beyond the arc, giving her nine makes on the weekend, and Bradford's 3-of-5 night was the most prolific downtown of her career.

The Raiders still only shot 36 percent (26-of-72), but the turnover disparity allowed them to attempt 28 more shots than the Warriors (9-9, 5-6 CCC), who shot at a 46-percent clip. It was the 10th time this season that the Raiders have earned at least 20 more field-goal attempts than their opponent, and the ninth time they've won with an inferior field-goal percentage.

Their bench came through with 34 points, including 31 from its freshmen. Among them, Syd'Nee Fryer scored 10 and Bryanna Raff shot 3-of-4 with eight points and three rebounds.

On the other end, six different Warriors finished with four or more turnovers. Kendra Murphy was one of them, but she also finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds; Jordan Rasberry was not, and she added 12 points.

The Raiders have won nine straight games against Corban overall, and the last six matchups in Salem.

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