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No. 15 SOU edges Warner Pac on DeSaulnier's buzzer-beater

Ben DeSaulnier's 18-foot leaner beat the buzzer and banked in to give 15th-ranked Southern Oregon a 78-76 victory over Warner Pacific in a Cascade Conference men's basketball barnburner Friday at Bart Valentine Court in Portland.

Warner Pacific guard Earl Jones banked in a high floater in the lane to tie the game with 5.5 seconds to go. Following a time-out, the Raiders drove the length of the court and DeSaulnier's shot fell as the horn sounded.

Jordan West led the Raiders (18-5, 11-2 CCC) with 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and DeSaulnier had 15 points and eight rebounds. Clay Sierra added 10 points and five boards.

Taylor Young had 26 points, six rebounds and three steals to lead Warner Pacific (14-8, 9-4), which led by eight with 10 minutes to go.

The win was SOU's third in a row since the loss to Eastern Oregon on Jan. 16 and fifth in its last six games.

The Knights led 47-40 at the half but couldn't overcome a 13-for-46 (28 percent) shooting performance after the break. The Raiders, meanwhile, shot 58 percent in the second half and 51 percent for the game against Warner Pacific's zone defense.

Ashland High alum and Warner Pacific freshman Colin Malcolm had nine points, 10 rebounds, two blocks and two steals.

Women's Basketball

At Portland, ninth-ranked Southern Oregon rallied from a 19-point deficit to trounce Warner Pacific 75-54 Friday at C.C. Perry Gym.

Autumn Durand had her second double-double of the season for the Raiders with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Carly Meister hit 6 of 7 shots en route to a 16-point outing and Ashley Claussen added 11 points, five steals and four rebounds.

Amari Hampton led Warner Pacific with 14 points.

The Knights jumped out to a 29-10 lead early in the second quarter before the Raiders (19-1, 12-1 Cascade Conference) used a suffocating defense to fight their way back into the game. SOU forced 31 turnovers on the night, and held Warner Pacific (13-6, 8-5) to 23-percent shooting.

The victory was the Raiders' seventh straight over the Knights.

Boys Basketball

At Eugene, Spencer Hoffman scored seven of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Marist fended off Ashland for a 46-34 victory Friday at Marist High School.

Walker Shibley hit four 3-pointers on his way to 14 points to pace the Grizzlies, who played solid defense but hit just 12 of 40 shots from the field.

Malik Pippa added six points for Ashland (6-9, 2-3 Midwestern League), which was held to 13 points in the first half.

Reow Jackson added 11 points for the Spartans (7-10, 4-2).

ASHLAND (34): Graham 2, Jones 0, Hansen 0, Shibley 14, Fuller 3, Ellis 4, Pippa 6, Meads 2, Elshalom 3. Totals: 12 5-16 34.

MARIST (46): Gittins 3, Jackson 11, Krier 5, Fulton 4, Collins 0, Gray 5, Hoffman 18, Swan 0, Kirk 0, Olmos 0. Totals: 15 14-25 46.

Ashland  13  21 — 34

Marist  7  10  11  18 — 46

3-point goals — Ashland 5 (Shibley 4, Fuller 1), Marist 2 (Gittins 1, Fulton 1). 

JV result — Marist 56, Ashland 34.