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Ducks too much for SOU

EUGENE — The Southern Oregon men's basketball team was overmatched by University of Oregon's size and quickness Sunday night, dropping an exhibition game 91-40 at Matthew Knight Arena.

The Ducks worked in transition early to take a 19-4 lead, but the Raiders settled in by halftime and went into the break trailing 41-21. SOU's Ben DeSaulnier went 5-for-10 from the field and scored six of team-high 13 points consecutively during the latter part of the half to help the Raiders keep pace.

U of O went on to shoot 15-for-30 from the field and 17-for-20 from the free-throw line in the second half. Tyler Dorsey and Dwayne Benjamin led five players in double figures with 16 points each.

The Ducks blocked eight shots (Chris Boucher had five of them with 13 points), shot 26 more free throws, had nine more steals (14-5) and pulled down 18 offensive boards for an overall advantage of 48-28.

SOU forward Jordan West recorded eight points and six rebounds. Joel Spear and Jordan Browne-Moore had three assists apiece and Kenny Meyer scored five points off the bench.

The Raiders shot 29 percent from the field (17-of-58) and missed 15 of 16 3-point attempts. They had been shooting 43 percent from downtown while starting season 3-1.

They'll return to a more even playing field next Saturday in a nonleague game at Willamette. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

SOU has played for exhibitions against Oregon since the 2005-06 season. This was the first outside of McArthur Court.

Men’s Wrestling

MIKE CLOCK OPEN: At Forest Grove, twenty different schools were represented Sunday at Pacific University's Mike Clock Open, and Tyler Cowger and Ryan McWatters represented the Southern Oregon University men with runner-up finishes.

Cowger did his work in the 149-pound bracket, McWatters made it to the 184-pound title match, and 174-pounder Oscar Flores was third to give the 13th-ranked Raiders three placers. Twenty-six of the 27 Raiders who competed contributed to the team point total. (Team standings were not yet available at the time this was published.)

Cowger won three straight to reach the title match: by 5-1 decision against Clackamas Community College's Angel Beltran, by fall in 1:33 against Warner Pacific's Chas Peterson, and by 4-1 decision against teammate Chandler Michael in the semifinals. Oregon State's Joey Delgado pinned him in 5:44 for the title.

McWatters also went 3-1 on the day, winning by fall (3:30) over Clackamas' Julio Fuentes and decision against Simon Frasier's Alexander Berfanger (14-7) and Simon Frasier's Morgan Smith (5-3). OSU's Corey Griego defeated him in a close final, 5-4.

Flores led the Raiders with six wins on the day, though two of them were by injury default. He pinned his first opponent, Simon Frasier's Graham Fader, in four minutes, but was then sent to the consolation bracket by Southwestern Oregon's Chase Anderson's pin. He won five straight there, first with a fall, later with a 3-2 decision against teammate Reed Tennyson, and in the third-place match by 3-2 decision against SWOCC's Tyler Webley.

Women’s Wrestling

MIKE CLOCK OPEN: At Forest Grove, competing in its first tournament sanctioned by the Women's College Wrestling Association, Southern Oregon had five placers Sunday at Pacific University's Mike Clock Open, including champion Chloe Spencer.

Jessica DeHart (116 pounds), Jasmine Ivey (155) and Alejandra Rodriguez (136) placed second and Sydney Norvell (136) took third. All five placers are now qualified to complete at the WCWA Championships.

Spencer needed to wins to tackle the 130-pound bracket, winning by 2-1 decision over teammate Kal Holliday in the semifinals and by fall over Simon Fraser's Jen Anderson (1:34) in the final.

DeHart went 2-1, scoring a win by fall in the quarterfinals against Southwestern Oregon's Christy Lor (1:22) and claiming an 8-6 decision against Warner Pacific's Kaitlyn Funai in the semis, then losing the final by technical decision. Ivey needed just one, a pin of SWOCC's Adrianna Escobedo (2:06), to place second, and Rodriguez scored an 8-6 decision over Simon Fraser's Nicole Depa and a pin of Pacific's Wyatt Saling to reach her final.

After being pinned in the first round, Norvell finished her night with three straight wins. She had a 12-11 decision against Pacific's CarrieAnne Rudolph, a win by fall in 1:26 against Saling, and a fofeit victory in the third-place match.