Raiders clutch at line, down No. 25 Eastern

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon hit 11 consecutive free throws down the stretch to upset No. 25 Eastern Oregon 80-77 in Saturday's Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball matchup at Bob Riehm Arena.

Eric Thompson led the Raiders with 26 points, shooting 7-of-11 from the field, and added a game-high nine rebounds while Kyle Tedder added 19 points and Jordan Highland 13.

Eastern Oregon's Jamar Johnson shot 7-for-12 for a game-high 28 points while Travares Peterson led the Mountaineers with seven boards and added 13 points. Jeff Ranstrom added 12 points for the Mountaineers.

Southern Oregon (14-8, 7-4 Cascade) took an early lead in the first half after hitting consecutive 3-pointers, but Eastern (13-6, 6-4) continued to have an answer shooting the ball. Both teams battled back and forth as the Mountaineers took their first lead with just under six minutes remaining in the half.

Both teams exchanged points as the second half began until the Raiders used a 12-3 run to build their largest lead of the night at 54-46 with just under 13 minutes to play.

Eastern fought back to tie the game at 71 with 2:47 to go on one of Johnson's six treys of the night but could not regain the lead.

The two teams committed a combined 50 fouls and SOU took advantage by hitting 30 of 40 free throws.

EASTERN OREGON 62, SOUTHERN OREGON 46 — At Ashland, missing its top two scorers due to injury, Southern Oregon fell to No. 10 Eastern Oregon in a Cascade Conference matchup at Bob Riehm Arena.

With the loss, the Raiders fell to 12-10 overall and 3-8 in conference play, while the Mountaineers improved to 14-8 and 7-4.

Southern Oregon's RaTanya Newsome finished with a team-high 15 points, while Angelica Cahee picked up 12 points and seven rebounds. Brooke Randall led Eastern with 17 points, including 9 of 10 shooting from the free throw line.

The Raiders led early but were unable to hold on after shooting 19 percent from the field and turning over the ball 11 times in the first half.

Eastern Oregon shot 40 percent, including 5 of 12 from beyond the arc, to take a 29-18 lead into the half despite turning the ball over 13 times.

The Raiders came out with a slow start to the second half as the Mountaineers went on a 17-7 run to push their lead to 20 points with 13 minutes to go.

Stanford's Nick Amuchastegui, a former Phoenix High star, defeated Southern Oregon's Brock Gutches, from Crater, to help the Cardinal to a 25-3 dual-meet triumph Saturday in Palo Alto, Calif.

The match was the first of three for the Raiders, who later defeated Menlo College, 22-18, and San Francisco State, 22-15, to run their record to 8-3 in dual matches.

Amuchastegui, NCAA Division I's top-ranked 174-pounder, rolled over Gutches, No. 2 in the NAIA rankings, 14-0.

Stanford is ranked 20th and SOU No. 2.

Kyle Wirkuty picked up the Raiders' only win against Stanford, defeating Alex Manley 5-3 in overtime at 141.

The match featured a double forfeit at 125 and only one major decision (Amuchastegui). All other matches were decided by seven or fewer points.

Gutches won his two matches later in the day, beating Nick Gill of Menlo, 7-1, at 174, then pinning Zach Jiminez of SFS in 2:41 at 184.

Against Menlo, SOU's other wins were by Mitchell Lofstedt (125), Wirkuty (141), Jimmy Eggemeyer (149), Dalton Urrutia (157) and Ethan Hinton (197).

Against San Francisco State, winners were Lofstedt (125), Eggemeyer (149), Brock Crocker (157) and Ethan Hinton (197).

In other action, eight Raiders competed in the Clackamas Open in Oregon City.

Tyler Thomas led the way for the Raiders, earning a championship at 174. Thomas had three pins among his five matches, including one over Daniel Agao of Yakima Valley Community College in 1:23 for the title.

Derek Rottenberg won his first three matches at 184, then lost in the finals 7-3 to Simon Fraser's Clete Hanson to place second.

SOU's Brian Lemmon also placed second at 165, losing to Oregon State's Seth Thomas, 9-0, in the final.

The Raiders' Brad Tamashiro was third at 141, winning by injury default over teammate Jordan Lowe, and Travis Patrick was fourth at 149, Trinity Castner was fifth at 149 and Cody Jones was fifth at 165.

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