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SOU hangs tough with Pilots, 82-63

PORTLAND -- Southern Oregon University had never beaten the Universityof Portland in the six previous times the two schools have met in men'sbasketball.

Now, make that seven.

But the Raiders played the Pilots considerably tougher in Thursday's82-63 loss than the last matchup in 1996, when Portland demolished SouthernOregon 113-65.

I was very pleased with our defensive effort tonight, SouthernOregon coach Brian McDermott said. We were toe-to-toe for all buta five-minute stretch to start the second half. The game was never reallyout of reach until the last five minutes.

Jimmie Rainwater and Jason Franklin scored 14 points apiece to pace thePilots (2-0), who built a 30-24 halftime lead.

Portland went on a 14-4 run to open the second half.

Rainwater, who had 13 of his total after the break, connected on threefast-break layups in the opening four minutes of the second half.

Portland built the lead to 52-34 with 13:19 remaining on a hook shotfrom Philip Dejworek. Eric Sandrin sank a pair of free throws with 7:59left to give the Pilots their biggest lead of the game, 67-47.

Our offense was up and down most of the game, said McDermott,but you kind of expect that at this point in the season.

Dave Arbow and Barron Lacy led the Raiders (1-2) with 11 points eachand Amos Baker added 10.

Behind Arbow and 6-foot-8 junior center Ryan Valley, the Raiders madethe game close in the first half despite shooting 29 percent from the field.

I think our guys will come out of this game feeling pretty goodabout themselves, said McDermott. We'll lick our wounds tonightand head for Utah State tomorrow.

Southern Oregon plays Utah State of the Big West Conference on Saturdayin Logan, Utah.

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