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Southern Oregon men storm back to top Corban

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon men's basketball team scored 19 straight points in the second half to storm back from a 16-point deficit and beat Corban, 70-67, in Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball action Saturday night at Bob Riehm Arena.

Jordan Highland led the Raiders (7-4, 2-0 CCC) with 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists, and Eric Thompson scored 15 points, while Scott Tiefenthaler and Terriel Thomas added 12 apiece.

Corban's Erik Cronrath led both teams with 24 points and added nine rebounds, and Jordan Carter scored 19 points as the Warriors fell to 5-6, 0-2 in league play.

Corban had a chance to win with the ball trailing by one in with 10 seconds to play, but Dustin Moore missed a jumper and Thomas grabbed the rebound for the Raiders. The Warriors fouled Thomas with less than a second remaining and he made both free throws to seal the win.

Corban went on a 30-9 run to take a 17-point lead, 32-15, midway through the first half. The Raiders outscored the Warriors by six the rest of the half to pull within 11, with Thompson's 3-pointer in the final minute cutting Corban's lead to 44-33.

Corban stretched its lead back to 16 points when Carter's trey made it 55-39 less than four minutes into the second half. Tiefenthaler responded with a jumper that sparked SOU's rally.

The Raiders tied it up at 55-55 on Tiefenthaler's layup with 8:36 remaining in the game. Thirty seconds later Kyle Tedder hit a 3 to give SOU its first lead since the opening minutes.

The Warriors ended the SOU run with a free throw by Brelin Powell, but Thompson knocked down a jumper at the other end to give SOU a 60-56 lead with 6:31 to play. Moore made a 3 to pull the Warriors within one, and the game remained close the rest of the way.

CORBAN 71, SOUTHERN OREGON 62 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon's second-half rally fell short as No. 12 Corban hung on for the Cascade Collegiate Conference victory at Bob Riehm Arena.

Josi McDermott led the Raiders (10-2, 1-1 CCC) with 14 points, while Haley Newell finished with 12 and Angelica Cahee 11. The Raiders only connected on 30.8 percent of their shots from the field in the loss.

Katie Steigleman scored a game-high 28 points and set a Corban career record for points.

Southern Oregon used an 8-2 run to pull within one after falling behind 18-11 midway through the first half, but Corban responded with a 14-4 run to take a 34-23 lead with less than five minutes to play in the half. The Warriors then closed the half on an 11-1 run to take a 45-29 advantage into the break.

Corban scored the first five points after halftime to stretch its lead to 19 points and led 56-40 with 13:18 to play before the Raiders scored 15 in a row to get within one point on a free throw by Cassandra Tiggett with 6:15 remaining.

A Steigleman jumper ended the SOU run, and Corban pulled ahead by seven points on Bennett's jumper with less than a minute to go. The Warriors hit all six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

FIVE RAIDERS PLACE — At Forest Grove, Brock Gutches lost a narrow 8-7 decision in the 174-pound championship match to lead five Southern Oregon grapplers who placed in the top five at the Oregon Collegiate Open at Pacific University.

Gutches fell to Trent Noon of Clackamas Community College to finish as the runner-up.

Also for the Raiders, Paulo Rocha took the third-place match at 157 pounds by way of a 14-7 decision, Joseph Hunt settled for fourth at 133 after being pinned by Clackamas CC's Fortino Sanchez in the third-place match, and Travis Patrick (149) and Cody Jones (165) both prevailed on fifth-place showdowns.