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Raider women claim championship at Sterling Athletics Tournament

OAKLAND, Calif. ' The 19th-ranked Southern Oregon University women's basketball team rode the hot hands of Kara Magee-Arick and Sara Marks to an 83-80 win over Humboldt State in the championship game of the Sterling Athletics Thanksgiving Tournament on Saturday.

Magee-Arick, who was named the tournament MVP, and Marks each scored 16 points while holding off a late surge by the Lumberjacks.

SOU (3-3) built a 15-point lead late in the contest before Humboldt chipped away at the deficit behind 22 second-half points from Nicole Lynch.

The Lumberjacks had numerous looks at a game-tying 3-point attempt but couldn't get any to fall, culminating with Jackie Kolesar's missed 3-pointer at the buzzer.

The Raiders nailed 28-of-32 from the foul line to help seal the win late.

Lindsey Hilaire added 11 points and five assists for SOU, while Kelley Dexter tallied 12 off the bench.

Men's Basketball

MENLO COLLEGE 82, SOUTHERN OREGON 66 ' At Ashland, the 19th-ranked Menlo College men's basketball team extended Southern Oregon University's losing streak to five straight with a victory in a game marred by 57 fouls at McNeal Pavilion.

The defending California Pacific Conference champion Oaks (2-2) turned 24 Raider turnovers into 27 points, converted 22 of 25 free throws and withstood a second-half SOU rally in the Atherton, Calif., school's first-ever visit to Ashland.

Junior guard Mike Waters came off the bench to lead Menlo with 17 points, while sophomore center Afrim Tahiri scored 13 and grabbed eight rebounds.

After missing 23 of 30 first-half shots and trailing 37-23 at halftime, Southern Oregon (1-6) scored 14 of the first 19 points in the second half, including five straight by freshman forward Ryan Gabel.

Senior guard Zac Olson nailed a 3-pointer with 11:07 remaining to cut the lead to four (53-49), but Waters quelled the rally with four straight free throws, and the Oaks went on to lead by as many as 18.

Olson finished with a game-high 20 points, his sixth 20-point-or-better effort in seven season outings, while freshman forward Nick Borrevik had 12 points and seven rebounds.