SOU falls short against College of Idaho

CALDWELL, Idaho — Southern Oregon missed two free throws and two 3-point attempts in the final seven seconds, including Taylor Roos' 3 at the buzzer, as the 21st-ranked Raiders fell to College of Idaho 77-75 in a Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball game Friday at the J.A. Albertson Activity Center.

Eric Thompson led SOU with 20 points, while David Sturner posted a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kyle Tedder and Terriel Thomas each finished with 11 points in the loss.

College of Idaho's Curtis Brever scored a game-high 21 points, while Antonio Garrett finished with 17 points and 19 rebounds.

Southern Oregon (15-6, 7-3 Cascade) led for most of the contest, holding an eight-point lead with less than seven minutes to play before an 11-point College of Idaho (10-10, 6-4) rally gave the Coyotes the lead.

A layup by Thompson with just under a minute to play made it a two-point game, but the Raiders were unable to find the net in the final moments of the game to force overtime or earn the last-second win. Roos had the final shot for the Raiders, with his buzzer-beating 3-point attempt from the corner rimming out.

College of Idaho shot 44 percent (30-for-68) in the game, while Southern Oregon connected on 46 percent (26-for-57) of its shot attempts. The Yotes outrebounded the Raiders 43-32 in the game.

The Raiders opened the game on an 11-4 run to claim an early lead, but College of Idaho scored 10 of the next 12 points to take its first lead of the game. The first half remained close throughout, as the lead changed five times with four tie scores in the period.

The Raiders return to action tonight, when they will head to La Grande for a nationally-ranked matchup with No. 1 Eastern Oregon.

Women's Basketball

COLLEGE OF IDAHO 85, SOUTHERN OREGON 73 — At Caldwell, Idaho, College of Idaho led by as many as 20 points in the second half as the 20th-ranked Coyotes prevailed at the J.A. Albertson Center.

College of Idaho (12-6, 8-2 Cascade) shot 48 percent (33-for-69) while limiting Southern Oregon to 36 percent (29-for-80). Alexi Smith led SOU (15-6, 5-5) with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Carly Meister earned her second career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds and Melissa Sweat finished with 13 points and Allison Gida 12.

College of Idaho scored 10 of the first 12 points before Southern Oregon used a 12-3 run to take a 14-13 lead. Geis made a jumper to put the Yotes back up by one before Smith's layup reclaimed the lead for SOU. That would prove to be SOU's final advantage, as Jones hit a 3-pointer at the other end of the court to spark an eight-point streak.

The Yotes stretched their lead to as many as 11 points in the opening half before Southern Oregon pulled within three in the final two minutes before halftime. Five straight points for College of Idaho made it an eight-point game before a pair of Meister free throws sent the teams into the break at 46-40. An eight-point streak midway through the second half gave the hosts an 18-point advantage, and the Raiders never drew closer than 11 back the rest of the way.


SOU CLAIMS TWO DUALS — At Prescott, Ariz., second-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team finished 2-1 the Mile High Duals, taking down host Embry-Riddle 38-9 and defeating New Mexico Highlands 32-12 before falling to NCAA Div. II No. 12 Grand Canyon 23-12.

"We wrestled well today, we had good intensity and were dominant in some of our matches but didn't win enough close matches to have perfect day," SOU head coach Mike Ritchey said. "We hope to pick up some more intensity (today) as we will wrestle some Div. I, II and NAIA schools."

Top-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt won all three of his 125-pound matchups on the day, including a pair of pins and a 14-4 major decision victory over NCAA No. 2 Kyle McCrite. Prescott Garner, the NAIA's top-ranked 133-pounder, finished 1-1 with a major decision victory over Embry-Riddle's Mason Saldana and a 4-3 loss to Grand Canyon's Lino Estrada.

Third-ranked Miguel Baltazar earned an 11-3 major decision victory over New Mexico Highlands' Anthony Munoz in the other 133-pound matchup.

Southern Oregon's other two top-ranked wrestlers each finished 3-0. Jimmy Eggemeyer swept the 149-pound matchups, with his most impressive win a 3-2 victory over NCAA No. 3 Bobby Ward. Brock Gutches pinned Embry-Riddle's Jose Cruz, III, and earned decision victories over Easton Hargrave and Martin Fabbian. Fourth-ranked Taylor Johnson dominated his three matchups as well, with one pin and two major decision victories.

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