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So. Oregon men's basketball team drops season opener

ROCKLIN, Calif. — The William Jessup men's basketball team edged Southern Oregon 87-86 in the Raiders' season opener at Warrior Arena on Wednesday.

The frantic contest saw 11 tie scores and 21 lead changes.

The Raiders (0-1) play Fresno Pacific tonight.

The first half featured five ties and 13 lead changes as William Jessup took a 45-41 lead into the break.

The Raiders scored the first five points of the second half, including a three-pointer by Eric Thompson to take a brief 46-45 lead. After William Jessup tied it up at 48, the Raiders used a 9-1 run to build the biggest lead of the game for either team, capped by a Dex Daum jumper to make it 57-49 with 14:13 to play.

Southern Oregon regained a four-point lead when Taylor Roos' jumper made it 70-66 with 6:22 to play, but William Jessup forced a tie at 74 with less than three minutes to play. After the Warriors made a pair of free throws to take a two point lead, they would not give up the lead the rest of the way.

The Raiders trailed by five points with 10 seconds remaining, but Roos converted a three-point play by sinking a jumper and making a free throw to pull SOU within two. After Marqus Crawford made a free throw to stretch the lead back to three, Tim Weber made a jumper as time expired to reach the final score of 87-86.

Thompson had 17 points and eight rebounds, while Jeff Bush, Roos and Scott Tiefenthaler each added 12 for SOU.

Wrestling

Top-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt opened the action with a pin of Coleman Johns in the first of 22 matches as the Black rolled 74-13 in the 48th annual Red & Black Intrasquad at Bob Riehm Arena.

The preseason No. 1 Raiders host Embry-Riddle in their regular-season opener at 1 p.m. Saturday.

For the first time, the Red & Black featured seven challenge matches for varsity spots in Saturday's dual.

Tyler Lander defeated Juan Aguilar in a 12-4 major decision in the first challenge match to earn the starting spot in the 125-pound weight class. Jordan Lowe earned the spot at 133 in a 6-4 decision over Miguel Baltazar. Trinity Castner clinched the 141 spot with a 4-0 decision over Travis Patrick. Kyle Wirkuty took the 149 spot with a 3-1 decision over Jimmy Eggemeyer. Brock Crocker defeated Dalton Urrutia 7-6 for the 157 spot.

Tucker Van Matre pinned his brother Nick Van Matre in 2:47 to earn the 165 spot and Tyler Thomas defeated Brian Lemmon in a 5-3 decision for the 174 spot.