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SOU Roundup

December 14, 2005

Raiders outlast WOU in overtime

MONMOUTH

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The top-ranked Southern Oregon University men&

s basketball team recovered from a five-point late second-half deficit to defeat Western Oregon University, 66-62, in overtime Tuesday night.

After trailing 48-43 with 3:36 remaining in regulation the teams battled to a 52-all deadlock after 40 minutes, and the NAIA Raiders (12-1) never trailed in the extra frame en route to their11th straight triumph.

The NCAA Div. II Wolves (5-4) needed senior guard Kevin Tyner&

s left-handed, five-foot running jumper with five seconds left in the second half to force overtime after SOU took a 52-50 lead with 41 ticks to go on a 3-pointer by senior post Jeff Williams.

Senior wing RaShawn McAllister scored eight of his 12 points in overtime to seal Southern&

s first win over its longtime rival since January 1998.

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It&

s a good win for us against a very well-coached team with a lot of solid athletes,&

Raider coach Brian McDermott said. &

We weren&

t making a lot of shots, but we came up with several defensive stops when we needed them the most.&

Senior All-American forward Shea Washington paced the Raiders with 17 points, and junior wing Matt Espinoza had 13 points and three 3-pointers.

Espinoza&

s first trifecta staked SOU with its largest lead (17-12).

After missing 19 of its first 24 shots and trailing 20-19 at halftime, SOU used an 8-4 spurt to take a 27-24 lead but it didn&

t score again for another four minutes and trailed until Williams&

last-minute trey from the right wing.

Southern survived Tyner&

s 18-point effort, and sophomore forward Stanley Ratcliff fouled out with a game-high 21 points and eight boards.

Williams finished with eight points and 10 boards.

WOU, which shot 46 percent overall (28 of 61), is the first team this year to out-rebound SOU (39-32). Off to the program&

s best start since 1947-48, the Raiders made six of their eight shots in overtime to finish 23 of 59 for the game (39 percent).

Southern Oregon goes for its 11th straight win Friday night at home against Pacific. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at McNeal Pavilion.

Women&

s Basketball

At Monmouth, a masterpiece it was not, but the Southern Oregon University women&

s basketball team notched a rare win over one of the school&

s oldest rivals tonight in Monmouth.

The Raiders (8-5) overcame 28 turnovers and ice-cold first-half shooting to topple Western Oregon University, 62-39, in a nonconference clash.

SOU&

s 13th triumph in 61 meetings with the Wolves (0-5) was only the third on WOU&

s home court in a series dating back to 1973, as well asthelargest margin of victory for the Raiders against its former Cascade Conference nemesis.

Sophomore post Kat Cox played her best game of the season and finished with 10 points and six rebounds, while junior post Kelsey Richards led all players with 15 points to spark Southern to its second straight win and first over an NCAA Div. II team since 2002.

It was a nightmarish first half for both teams &

but less so for SOU, which led 22-14 at the break despite going 7-for-29 in the period (24 percent). Meanwhile, WOUclanked 26 of its 31 shots and went 12 minutes without a point after staking a 12-8 lead at the 14-minute mark.

The Wolves ended a 14-minute drought without a field goal by scoring on their first two possessions of the second stanza and eventually pulled within 30-25.But theydrew no closer as a result of an 8-2 Raider spurt.

Southern then used a game-sealing 12-0 run over four minutes to stretch a 38-29 edge, and the Ashland school went on to lead by 29 (61-32).

SOU warmed up considerably and converted 14 of 26 shots in the second period (54 percent) and out-rebounded the Wolves 55-33,and WOU finished the contest a miserable 13-for-61 (21 percent).

Off to the worst start inits tradition-rich women&

s hoops history, Western Oregon received nine points from junior guard Allison Crumb and 11 rebounds and eight points from sophomore post Leada Berkey.

Raider junior forward Andi Peterson contributed 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in the school&

s final tune-up prior to next week&

s conference home openers against Evergreen State and Northwest.