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Raiders rally for OT win at Northwest

KIRKLAND, Wash. — A month full of second-half disappointments finally turned for Southern Oregon on Saturday night at Kristi Brodin Pavilion, where the Raiders executed their biggest comeback in eight years and escaped with a 79-76 overtime win over Northwest (Wash.).

Kaj Bansen scored 18 and jump-started the Raiders’ climb back from a 19-point deficit in the first half, and Tate Hoffman helped them finish the deal with 20 of his 22 points and nine of his 11 rebounds after halftime. Northwest’s Ryan Ricks missed a 3-pointer for the tie at the buzzer, making SOU 15-7 overall and 5-6 in the Cascade Conference.

An ugly start left the Raiders down 31-12 just 11 minutes into the game, at which point Bansen drilled 3-pointers on three consecutive possessions to trim the Eagles’ lead to 10. Bansen came off the bench to go 6-of-11 from 3 off the bench, the most makes from outside for a Raider in three years.

They still needed a 9-0 run and Tristen Holmes’ buzzer-beating floater to go into halftime down 46-39. And, trailing 60-50 with 11 minutes left, Hoffman scored nine during a 15-2 spurt and capped it with a transition 3 to give them their first lead.

SOU went scoreless over the final 3:43 of regulation and Hussayn Ford’s bucket inside knotted the score, 70-70, with under a minute to go. SOU had two shots to take the lead on the final possession but missed them both.

Bansen ended the drought with his final triple just four seconds into overtime, and Hoffman’s turnaround jumper later made it 77-72. With 35 seconds left and Northwest down three, Ford finished inside again and drew a foul, but missed the free throw for the tie.

On the other end, Holmes provided the final score on a runner at the hoop with seven seconds on the clock.

Hoffman’s double-double was his fifth of the season. Tez Allen contributed 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He was also tasked late with defending Ford, helping hold him to 2-of-9 shooting after halftime.

Conor Carroll added eight first-half points that kept the Raiders afloat, going 2-of-4 from 3.

Ford’s 23 points and nine rebounds led Northwest. Nick Navarro scored 20 off the bench and sparked the Eagles during their first-half run with four triples.

SOU returns home next week to face Multnomah on Friday and Warner Pacific on Saturday.

Women’s Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 79, NORTHWEST 72: At Kirkland, Wash., Syd Fryer was the face of another hot 3-point shooting night for 19th-ranked Southern Oregon as the Raiders held off Northwest (Wash.) to complete weekend road sweep Saturday night at Kristi Brodin Pavilion.

Fryer went for 19 points and 12 rebounds, her second double-double of the season, and made all three of her 3-point tries. The Raiders went 12-of-23 from behind the arc as a team and improved to 14-5 overall and 10-3 in the Cascade Conference.

The Raiders never trailed after the opening minute but, with their lead down to 63-61 and under eight minutes left, they used an 8-0 run keyed by a clutch Daranda Hinkey triple to put the game away.

Destinee Jones pitched in 15 points, six rebounds and two steals. Ariel Augustine nailed four 3-pointers to get to 15 points, while Sophia Altemus (11 points, 3 rebounds) and Dominique harding (10 points, 5 assists) both went 2-of-3 from outside.

It was the third time this season SOU has shot 50 percent or better from 3-point range while making at least 12.

The Raiders, still sitting in second place, are 7-1 in January heading into home games against Multnomah and Warner Pacific next Friday and Saturday.

Fryer shot 6-of-10 from the field, and her rebound total was a career-high. She scored 15 or more in three of SOU’s last four games, and Augustine has been in double figures eight games in a row.

Sam Van Loo led four players in double figures for Northwest with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists. The Eagles dropped to 7-16 and 4-9 in the CCC.

The win was SOU’s 15th straight in the head-to-head series.

Track and Field

ED JACOBY INVITATIONAL: At Nampa, Idaho, one meet into the season, Southern Oregon University is already guaranteed representation at the NAIA Indoor Championships after jumper Zach Beltz, heptathlete Joseph Dotson and hurdler Rhett Gonzalez came through Saturday.

Beltz, a senior and two-time All-American on the outdoor circuit, hit an automatic ‘A’ qualifying standard in the long jump with a mark of 23 feet 6 inches - over a foot better than his previous indoor best. He placed second of 15 at the meet and landed at No. 6 on the national list, and just missed a the provisional ‘B’ standard in the triple jump at 45-10.

Gonzalez needed a time of 8.27 seconds or better for an ‘A’ in the 60-meter hurdles and ran 8.36 in the prelims. In the finals, however, he clocked in at 8.21 and took runner-up honors. He’s the new No. 8 on the NAIA leaderboard.

Dotson, a three-time All-American in the outdoor decathlon, is in line to return the indoor nationals after posting a score of 4,614 in the hepthatlon that put him at No. 5 on the national provisional-qualifier list. He placed fourth in a 13-person field, and in the seven-discipline event registered new indoor bests in the 60-meter dash (7.49), 60-meter hurdles (9.25) and long jump (20-7 ), and matched his previous best in the pole vault (13-9 ).

Elsewhere for the Raiders, Eli Chapman and Chris Rosero reached the 60-meter finals in a 33-person field. Chapman placed fourth with a time of 7.01 and Rosero, making his SOU debut, placed fifth in 7.04. Rosero was also seventh of 41 in the 200 meters in 22.39, and Kevin Tunnell was seventh of 28 in the shot put (47-8).

On the women’s side, Arianna Daniel placed fifth of 62 overall in the 200 meters with a time of 25.56 - just six-hundredths of a second off the provisional qualifying standard. She also led the Raiders in the 60-meter dash, taking 13th of 48 in 7.90.

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