Raider women rally to beat NWC

Four members of the Southern Oregon women's basketball team scored in double-digits as the Raiders used a huge second half surge to earn a 90-79 victory over Northwest Christian Thursday in Eugene.

Southern Oregon improved to 9-7 overall and 3-2 in Cascade Conference play and travels to Corban tonight. Northwest Christian fell to 4-9 overall and 0-4 in league play.

Josi McDermott had her best game as a Raider, scoring 23 points with three 3-pointers. Whitney Scott had 19 points and four 3-pointers, while Jamie Roupp finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds and Alexi Smith had 13 points.

Sheena Alexander had 22 points to lead Northwest Christian.

Northwest Christian started the game fast and led by 19 with 7:34 to play in the half.

The Raiders battled back and cut the lead to 48-35 at the half, holding the Beacons without a field goal for the final 2:34.

A pair of baskets each by Krystal Smith and Scott to start the second half helped SOU cut the lead to 52-46 early in the half. McDermott pulled the Raiders within 58-54 with a 3-pointer with 11:31 to play. A jumper by Roupp and McDermott free throws cut the lead to two at 60-58.

Scott brought the Raiders within one at 62-61 with her third 3-pointer of the game. McDermott then tied it at 62-62 with a free throw at the 8:33 mark.

Celonna Arrington gave SOU its first lead since early in the first half with a 3-pointer for a 67-66 advantage with 7:32 to go.

McDermott added a pair of free throws and then a 3-pointer for a 75-68 SOU lead with just over three minutes to play.

With 2:20 to go, Scott hit her fourth 3-pointer of the game to gave the Raiders a 78-70 lead and it was all SOU after that.

SOU out-scored NCU 55-31 in the second half.

Men's Basketball

RAIDERS TOPPLE BEACONS — At Eugene, a fast start helped Southern Oregon snap a three-game losing streak with a 71-63 victory over Northwest Christian Thursday.

Southern Oregon improved to 9-5 overall and 3-2 in Cascade Conference play and also snapped an eight-game losing streak to Northwest Christian. The Raiders travel to Corban tonight. The Beacons fell to 6-9 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

Austin Wolfer turned in a season-high 21 points to go with nine rebounds for the Raiders. Wolfer went 7-for-8 from the field and 7-for-9 from the free throw line. Jordan Highland had 15 points and eight rebounds.

Kellen Spicer had 15 points to lead Northwest Christian.

The Raiders jumped out to an early 6-0 lead then held the Beacons to 3 of 17 shooting early in the contest to control of the game.

SOU pushed the lead to 24-14 with 5:32 to play in the half on a layup and free throw by Highland, and a Highland steal led to a layup by Wolfer for a 26-14 SOU advantage.

The lead grew to 32-18 late in the half after a pair of Wolfer free throws and two more free throws by the senior helped the Raiders lead 36-23 at the half.

College Wrestling

BEAVERS THIRD AT SCUFFLE — at Greensboro, N.C., the Oregon State wrestling team wrapped up competition at the Southern Scuffle, placing third out of 34 teams at the tournament.

Additionally, eight Beavers finished in the top six in their respective weight classes, with Garrett Drucker highlighting the group by taking third at 133 pounds.

The Beavers finished with 132.5 total points, edging out No. 4 Michigan (132). Cornell and Penn State tied for the team championship with 151.5 points apiece. Minnesota rounded out the top five with 126.5 points.

Those five teams were easily ahead of the pack as the No. 6 team, Kent State, finished with 76 team points.

Drucker went 4-1 on Thursday, winning his last four bouts to take third at 133 pounds. He won his last four bouts, including an 8-2 decision over teammate Kelly Kubec. He defeated Kyle Hutter of Old Dominion, 3-2, to take third.

Kubec, meanwhile, finished in sixth after going 1-3 on Thursday. His lone victory came over Minnesota's David Thorn, 7-5.

Jason Lara went 2-2 at the 125-pound class to take fourth on Thursday. He defeated Virginia's Matthew Snyder and Cornell's Frank Perelli but lost to Utah Valley's Ben Kjar in the battle for third.

Scott Sakaguchi also took fourth, tallying four consecutive victories at the 149-pound class to start the day. He posted two falls to open, then a major decision and decision before losing to Edinboro's Thorsten Gillespie, 6-4, in the battle for third.

Brice Arand (184 pounds) and Clayton Jack (heavyweight) each took fifth in their respective weight classes. Arand, like Drucker and Sakaguchi, also went 4-1 Thursday, taking down his first three opponents before losing his fourth bout of the day. He took fifth after defeating Virginia's Jonathan Fausey via medical forefeit.

Jack had just four bouts on Thursday, going 2-2. He racked up a fall over Kent State's Joe Tymosuzuk in just 29 seconds to claim fifth place.

Rounding out the day for the Beavers were Mike Mangrum (141) and Chad Hanke (197) who each took sixth place. Mangrum went 1-3 on the day, while Hanke tallied a 2-3 mark.

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