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No. 2 Northwest Nazarene escapes Raiders in overtime

ASHLAND -- Second-ranked Northwest Nazarene escaped Southern Oregon with a weekend split of two Cascade Conference men's basketball games.

But just barely.

After absorbing a 22-point loss at Oregon Tech Friday in Klamath Falls, Nazarene edged Southern Oregon University, 95-94, in overtime Saturday night at McNeal Pavilion.

Southern Oregon (15-15, 9-7 Cascade Conference) guard Dave Arbow, who made 6 of 7 shots and all five of his 3-point tries in the second half, was knocked to the floor as he nailed his final 3-pointer as time ran out in overtime for the final margin of victory.

Southern Oregon coach Brian McDermott screamed for a foul, but the officials' whistles remained silent.

He would have made that free throw, said McDermott. I don't know why it wasn't called. A total of 67 fouls were called tonight and that one should have been called.

Said Northwest Nazarene coach Rich Sanders: I didn't see the end of the play. All I know is we were too close to him (Arbow). We shouldn't have been close to him.

Life's tough on the road in this league, and getting tougher, said Sanders. There aren't any easy stops any more. Brian McDermott is turning things around real fast. We got off to a good start but we couldn't get rid of those guys. They wouldn't quit.

Through 45 minutes, the Raiders battled valiantly, after trailing 17-4 with 13:27 left in the first half. Southern Oregon actually took a 73-71 lead with 3:16 left in the game on another Arbow 3-pointer. He finished with 23 points.

But the Crusaders (20-7, 12-3) got three free throws from Jon DeRoos and a dunk by Jawanza Hadley to regain the lead.

Still, the Raiders kept coming. Freshman guard Tom Chipps scored on a layup and three-point play to tie the game at 79-79 with 55 seconds left in regulation. After a Northwest Nazarene turnover, the Raiders got the ball with 36 seconds to go with a chance to win. But Ryan Valley's 15-foot jump shot bounded off the rim with five seconds to play, forcing overtime.

The Raiders continued to struggle from the foul line, connecting on just 21 of 42 attempts. Southern Oregon made just 40 of 77 free throws in weekend losses to Albertson College on Friday and Northwest Nazarene.

If we take care of business and make our free throws, we win, said McDermott. We aren't a great free-throw shooting team. But we have to shoot better than that.

NORTHWEST NAZARENE (20-7, 12-3) DeRoos 10-13 11-16 35, Darnell 0-5 2-2 2, Hadley 5-12 11-12 22, Knell 4-11 3-7 11, Lassen 4-7 6-6 14, Craven 0-1 0-0 0, Mitchell 0-2 3-4 3, Lowe 0-2 0-0 0, Ratcliffe 1-5 6-8 8, Stockett 0-0 0-1 0. Totals: 24-58 42-56 95.

SOUTHERN OREGON (15-15, 9-7) Lacy 5-11 4-7 14, Francis 4-5 4-8 12, Schmerbach 2-5 0-0 4, Chipps 6-12 4-6 16, Valley 3-8 0-2 6, Haynes 2-2 0-0 4, Arbow 6-8 6-9 23, Guy 2-3 0-0 4, Baker 1-5 0-0 2, Logue 3-8 3-10 9. Totals: 34-67 21-42 94.

Halftime score -- Northwest Nazarene 35, Southern Oregon 31. 3-point goals -- Northwest Nazarene 5-10 (DeRoos 4-5, Darnell 0-3, Hadley 1-1, Lowe 0-1), Southern Oregon 5-9 (Arbow 5-5, Chipps 0-3, Schmerbach 0-1). Total fouls -- Northwest Nazarene 32, Southern Oregon 35. Rebounds -- Northwest Nazarene 45 (Knell 10), Southern Oregon 40 (Baker 7, Logue 7). Assists -- Northwest Nazarene — 15 (Darnell 6), Southern Oregon 15 (Francis 9).