PORTLAND — No. 12 Southern Oregon overcame a 21-point second-half deficit to force overtime, but No. 14 Warner Pacific made 11 free throws in the extra session to knock off the Raiders 91-88 in a Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball thriller Saturday night at Bart Valentine Court.
Warner Pacific led throughout the overtime period, with the Knights' advantage ranging between one and five points. Southern Oregon made 4 of 9 shot attempts in the extra time, including a pair of 3-pointers, but the Raiders' three free throws could not compete with WPC's 11 of 12 mark at the charity stripe.
The Raiders' final chance came in the closing seconds when Tim Weber missed a potential tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Southern Oregon (12-4, 5-1 Cascade) made four 3-pointers and scored 14 points in the final 48 seconds of regulation to force overtime. Kyle Tedder, who scored 19 points before fouling out, opened the run with a 3-pointer to make it 70-64, and after Warner Pacific's Josh Black made a pair of free throws Taylor Roos hit a 3 of his own to pull the Raiders within five with only 14 seconds to play.
Ryan Parks, who scored 25 points to lead Warner Pacific (11-4, 4-1), made 1 of 2 free throw attempts, but two more Tedder treys sandwiched a pair of free throws by Doug Thomas to pull SOU within two points with two seconds on the clock. Coletun Tarr then committed a dead ball foul to turn the ball back over to the Raiders, and Weber found David Sturner at the rim for the tying layup.
The Raiders shot only 29 percent (10 of 35) in the first half and finished the game at 39 percent (30 of 78). Sturner led the way with 21 points and 14 rebounds, while Eric Thompson also posted a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Roos added 13 for SOU.
Parks made 8 of 12 shot attempts from beyond the 3-point line to lead Warner Pacific, while Stephen Harris made 14 free throws to total 18 points with 18 rebounds. Black finished with 19 points and Tarr added 11 for the Knights.
Warner Pacific led throughout the game, scoring the final 10 points of the opening half to take a 36-25 lead into the break. The Knights opened the second half on a 14-4 run to stretch their advantage to 50-29 with 14:59 to play before a Roos layup ended the WPC run and began the Raiders' comeback.
A 3-pointer by Tedder with 9:55 to play capped a 16-3 SOU run that pulled the Raiders to within eight points, but Parks responded with back-to-back treys as Warner Pacific pushed its lead back to 15 points with 8:39 remaining.
WARNER PACIFIC 83, SOUTHERN OREGON 77 — At Portland, Warner Pacific's duo of Chelsey Christensen and Tori Carroll combined for 55 points to help the Knights hold off Southern Oregon in a Cascade Collegiate Conference game at Bob Valentine Court.
Melissa Sweat had 23 points and 10 rebounds, while Alexi Smith also posted a double-double with 18 points and 17 rebounds for the Raiders (13-4, 3-3 Cascade), who could not overcome a 39-percent shooting night (31-for-79), including 2 of 24 from beyond the arc.
Christensen scored a game-high 28 points to go with eight rebounds, while Carroll finished with 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Knights (7-6, 3-2).
Southern Oregon opened the second half on an 8-0 run to take a three-point lead, but the Knights reclaimed the lead on a jumper by Carroll with 16:12 to play. Morgan Wolff hit a 3-pointer on Warner Pacific's next possession, and the Knights led the rest of the way.