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Raiders pick on Wildcats

December 12, 2005

The Southern Oregon University men&

s basketball team used efficient motion offense and accurate shooting in an 80-59 nonconference victory over Linfield College at McNeal Pavilion on Saturday night.

Off to the their best start since 1957-58, the top-ranked NAIA Div. II Raiders (11-1) won their 10th straight game &

the school&

s longest streak in 16 seasons &

and topped the NCAA Div. III Wildcats (1-6) for the fourth consecutive year.

Senior all-star post players Shea Washington (a game-high 17 points and six rebounds) and Jeff Williams (10 points, 11 rebounds) made nine of their 15 shots and helped SOU improve to 9-0 on its home court since February.

As a team, the Raiders shot over 50 percent both halves and finished 29 of 54 (54 percent) with assists accompanying all but five of the makes.

&

It seems like we&

re never real sharp coming off finals week, but we got better as the game progressed,&

Raider coach Brian McDermott said. &

We ended up executing at a level consistent with how we&

ve been playing.&

After trading baskets in the opening moments, Southern Oregon never trailed in the Holiday Break affair that attracted an estimated 550 spectators, but the McMinnville school stayed within striking distance for much of the fray.

The Wildcats pared double-digit deficits back to eight on four occasions, and a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Steve Taylor made it 41-31, SOU, at halftime. LC then scored the first basket of the second stanza (a Brian Murphy jumper) but got no closer.

Southern extended a 54-42 advantage to a 29-point bulge (78-49) over a nine-minute span that contained a pair of crowd-pleasing Washington dunks.

Sophomore wing Matt Cowell made six of 10 shots, including three 3-pointers, for 15 Raider points, and junior post Erion Moore had 10 points and five boards to help SOU finish with a 36-29 rebounding edge.

Losers of six straight, Linfield received a 12-point, three-assist performance from junior point guard Khaatim Smith, while freshman Harrison Harter hustled his way to nine points and seven rebounds.

— — P. Angeles 65,

— 58

— — Star: Ashland senior forward Josh Cornelius scores a team-high 19 — points and pulls down eight rebounds. — Next up: Ashland at Trident tourney, Wednesday through Saturday at — Oxnard, Calif.

The Wildcats shot 45-percent from the floor but clanked 10 of their 15 free throw attempts (33 percent).

The Raiders return to action Tuesday with another nonconference fray at Western Oregon in Monmouth.

Women&

s Basketball

At Arcata, Calif., the Southern Oregon University women&

s basketball team scored the first seven points and never trailed in a 76-50 triumph over Savannah College of Art Design on Saturday night.

Junior post Kelsey Richards had her best game as a Raider with game-highs of19 points and seven rebounds to lead SOU to the North Coast Inn Classic win over the NAIA Div. II Bees (2-6).

Junior forward Andi Peterson scored 17, and junior guard Jenna Ayers had 10 points and five assists for the Raiders, who shot 50 percent from the floor (31 of 62) and out-rebounded SCAD 49-26.

SOU led 39-23 at halftime and limited the Georgia school to a 32 percent clip (17 of 54).

Wrestling

At Bend, the Southern Oregon University wrestling team made history Saturday night against a familiar foe in a not-so-familar place.

For only the second time in the program&

s 50 years, the NAIA Raiders topped the same NCAA Div. I opponent (Portland State) twice in a season in a dual contested.

Now 2-1 overall, the seventh-ranked Raiders won seven of the 10 bouts, as they did in a 32-12 triumph over the Vikings (1-3) in Portland on Nov. 12.

Freshman Trevor Lofstedt avenged last month&

s 5-4 loss with a 9-3 decision over freshman Bricen Yakabe, and Southern shot to a 15-0 lead with forfeit wins at 133 and 141.

Top-ranked senior Jimmy Grochowsky improved to 9-1 with a decision over Chris Feist at 165, and two-time All-American David O&

Brien and senior Rick Story each improved to 10-1 with wins at 174 and 184, respectively.

Southern returns to action next weekend with duals against ninth-ranked Menlo College, sixth-ranked Embry-Riddle and the annual Reno Tournament of Champions.

Southern Oregon 29 , Portland State 10

125 &

Trevor Loftstedt (SOU) dec. Bricen Yakabe, 9-3

133 &

Barry Johnson (SOU) won by forfeit

141 &

Matt Holt (SOU) won by forfeit

149 &

Adam Duryee (PSU) dec. Jimmy Ulrey, 7-6

157 &

Dale Seley (PSU) major dec. Kyle Temple, 15-5

164 &

Jimmy Grochowsky (SOU) dec. Chris Feist, 8-2

174 &

David O&

Brien (SOU) dec. Kalivas Karras, 6-4

184 &

Rick Story (SOU) tech. fall Ben Blessing, 17-0

197 &

Abe Ewing (SOU) dec. Jake Schneider, 6-2

285 &

Patrick Unger (PSU) dec. Taylor Wilkerson, 3-1