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Knights beat Raiders again

Staff and wire reports

The Warner Pacific College men&

s basketball team squandered a six-point late second-half lead, but the 15th-ranked Knights tightly grasped its second chance with a 69-65 overtime upset of third-ranked Southern Oregon University, Saturday night at McNeal Pavilion.

The Knights (18-5, 8-3) moved even with the first-place Raiders (20-4, 9-3) in the Cascade Conference loss column with the Portland school&

s first win in Ashland in seven trips since it reinstated its intercollegiate program in 2000.

Lightning-quick redshirt-freshman point guard Nate Menefee dominated the front court with game-highs of 22 points and five steals for WPC, which topped SOU in overtime for the second time this season.

In a scenario opposite of their come-from-behind 81-73 triumph in the Rose City on Dec. 30, the Knights nearly choked away their most meaningful victory of the season.

Leading 53-47 with 2:25 remaining in regulation, Raider All-American forward Shea Washington scored four points in an 8-2 run, including a game-tying five-foot bank shot with six seconds to go.

Junior guard Scott Gallagher&

s 15-foot baseline jumper rim out as time expired, but Warner Pac snapped SOU&

s four-game win streak by rolling to a 66-59 edge and never trailing in the extra session.

Sophomore guard Josh Jackson&

s pull-up 3-pointer with 2:50 left in OT was the big blow, and it opened up a 62-56 Knight bulge.

Senior wing RaShawn McAllister converted several clutch shots down the stretch for a team-best 19 points for Southern, and Washington had 17 points and nine rebounds, but the Raiders struggled to break WPC&

s three quarters-court trapping defense all night.

The NAIA&

s top-rated team for assist-to-turnover ratio committed a season-high 19 turnovers that resulted in 14 Knight points.

Southern led 21-13 13 minutes into the contest but led for the final time, 37-35 early in the second half, as a result of missing 11 of their final 31 shot attempts (34 percent).

Warner Pac led 29-27 at halftime and went 23-for-54 (43 percent) for the game, which offset a 41-30 Raider rebounding advantage.

Senior all-star Donny Woods scored 13 points for the victors, while senior post Jeff Williams accumulated a game-high 11 rebounds for the Raiders, who host Cascade College tomorrow night.

The last-place T-Birds upset No. 8 Oregon Tech, 90-86, in Klamath Falls tonight.

Women&

s Basketball

The Southern Oregon University women&

s basketball team scored only six points over the first 14 minutes of the second half en route to a 68-45 Cascade Conference setback to 24th-ranked Warner Pacific College at McNeal Pavilion Friday night.

After staking a 19-13 lead through the opening 13 minutes of the contest, the eighth-place Raiders (10-13, 3-10 CC) went ice-cold, and the first-place Knights (15-5, 10-1) took advantage.

The Portland school used a 13-2 run to take the lead for good shortly before halftime, and it extended a 26-23 advantage with a 15-0 spurt to begin the second stanza.

SOU missed its first seven shots of the second half and finished a miserable 13-for-52 from the floor (25 percent).

Junior forward Andi Peterson led all players with 18 points, while sophomore forward Emily Brough hauled in a game-best 11 boards.

WPC received 12 points each from senior all-star guard Angie Sun and freshman post Danica Wilson, and 11 from senior point Silver Pierce.

Wrestling

At Forest Grove, the Southern Oregon University wrestling team won its sixth consecutive dual and continued its domination of in-state rival Pacific University with a 37-7 triumph Friday night.

The eighth-ranked NAIA Raiders improved to 12-3 on the season and captured its ninth straight over the NCAA Div. III Boxers (4-10) and 39th in 44 all-time meetings by winning eight of the 10 bouts.

The romp contained two pins (by Trevor Lofstedt at 125 and Joey Jannsen at 149), a technical fall by Rick Story at 184 and a forfeit to Taylor Wilkerson at 285.

Lofstedt moved to No. 2 on the school&

s single-season pin list when he stuck Ryan Kuroda in just 1:53.

Top-ranked Jimmy Grochowsky won career bout No. 96 and upped his season mark to 28-5 with a 14-4 major decision over Marshall Cook in the 165-pound fray.

Southern returns to action next weekend with duals at Montana State-Northern and third-ranked Great Falls, Mont.