LA GRANDE — Top-ranked Eastern Oregon avenged its lone defeat of the season Saturday night, pulling away in the second half for a 75-61 Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over No. 21 Southern Oregon at Quinn Coliseum.
Anthony Brown's double-double helped propel the Mountaineers to the victory. He posted game-high totals with 25 points and 10 rebounds while hitting four 3-pointers in the win. Trent Roos added 16 points for EOU to match twin brother Taylor Roos' output for the Raiders.
Jeff Bush totaled 13 points and seven rebounds for the Raiders, while Tim Weber and David Sturner each added 10 points.
The game held close until the final five minutes, with four ties and 11 lead changes. Southern Oregon (15-7, 7-4 Cascade) built its largest lead of the game less than five minutes in when Bush hit a 3-pointer to give SOU an 11-5 lead. Eastern Oregon's Cody Thurmond responded with a trey of his own on the next possession, but the hosts didn't pull ahead until the closing minutes of the first half.
Eric Thompson hit a 3-pointer with five minutes to go and Weber made a jumper and a free throw to complete a three-point play that cut Eastern Oregon's lead to 60-55 with 4:43 to play. J.D. Esters knocked down a 3 to put Eastern back up by eight, and another trey by the EOU's Roos with less than two minutes to go pushed the lead into double-figures for good.
Southern Oregon scored the first four points of the second half on back-to-back Bush buckets to tie the game at 34-34 after going into halftime down four. A 3-pointer by Weber less than two minutes later put SOU ahead 37-36, but that would prove to be the Raiders' final lead of the game.
A Brown jumper sparked a 13-point EOU streak to give the Mountaineers their first double-digit lead of the game, 49-37 with 13:54 remaining. A free throw by Terriel Thomas ended the streak, and the Raiders responded with an eight-point stretch of their own.
Southern Oregon held Eastern Oregon to 38.3 percent shooting (23-for-60), but the Mountaineers finished with 10 more shot attempts and the Raiders and made 10 3-pointers and 19 free throws in the game.
EASTERN OREGON 89, SOUTHERN OREGON 71 — At La Grande, sixth-ranked Eastern Oregon scored nine of the first 11 points and led by as many as 27 in a Cascade Collegiate Conference blowout.
Eastern Oregon's Nicole Redd and Kelsea Hurliman tied for the game-high point total with 18 apiece, while Korrie Bourn finished with 17 points and Jorie Freeman 13.
For Southern Oregon, Alexi Smith scored 17 points while Melissa Sweat and Allison Gida each tallied 12. Krysten Copeland added 11 points.
The Raiders (15-7, 5-6 Cascade) cut the deficit to one point when Carly Meister's jumper made it 14-13 less than eight minutes into the game, but Bourn made a jumper at the other end to spark a 19-6 run to put the Mountaineers up by 14. Southern Oregon pushed the deficit back down into single figures at 38-29 going into the halftime break, but Eastern Oregon (21-2, 11-0) scored the first six points of the second half to reclaim a double-digit advantage and pulled away to the 18-point victory.
Both teams shot a near identical percentage in the game, with Southern Oregon shooting 46.3 percent and Eastern Oregon making 46.2 percent. The Mountaineers finished with 24 more shot attempts in the game, however, finishing with 78 attempts to SOU's 54.
LOFSTEDT WINS TITLE — At Prescott, Ariz., seven Southern Oregon wrestlers placed in the top three of their respective weight classes, led by top-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt claiming the 125-pound title Saturday at the Embry-Riddle Mile High Open.
Lofstedt pinned all three of his opponents to claim the title in the 125-pound bracket. Third-ranked Miguel Baltazar and No. 1 Prescott Garner tied for the title in the 133-pound bracket. Baltazar earned a decision victory in the semifinal, while Garner earned a shutout major decision win in his semifinal matchup to pit the teammates against each other in a championship bout. The two did not compete in the bout, leading to a double-forfeit.
Justin Eldred earned second in the 141, picking up decision victories in the first two rounds. He won a major decision in the semifinal before falling to California Baptist's Bradford Gerl by a 19-2 technical fall in the championship match. Eleventh-ranked Dalton Urrutia placed second in the 157. He opened the day with a major decision victory in the first round before pinning his next two opponents.
Unattached wrestler Andy Rico defeated Urrutia in the championship round with a 41-second pin.
Sixteenth-ranked Jacob Abrams placed second in the 184. Abrams pinned his first opponent before claiming decision wins in the next two rounds. His quest for the title ended in the final, when unattached wrestler John McCardle pinned Abrams in 6:45.
Twelfth-ranked Tyler Thomas gave the Raiders their seventh and final top-three placer with a third-place finish in the 184. Thomas pinned his first two opponents before falling to McCardle in the semifinals. Thomas earned a decision win in the consolation semi and won the third-place match by forfeit.