West, DeSaulnier lift SOU past William Jessup
KLAMATH FALLS — Jordan West and Ben DeSaulnier combined for 50 points and the Southern Oregon University men's basketball team held off a late William Jessup rally to secure a 98-92 win Friday at Oregon Tech's Midland Empire Classic.
The Raiders (5-1), who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, had another crisp offensive performance with 57-percent shooting in both halves and 33 of 58 for the game — their fourth time over 50 percent this season.
West scored 22 of his season-high 29 in the first half and was 10 of 19 from the field, while DeSaulnier went 7-for-9 with 21 points, four rebounds and three steals.
Joel Spear went 5-for-7 and made both of his 3-point attempts for 14 points, four assists and three steals, while Justin Martin canned 3 of 5 attempts from downtown for 12 points.
Making his first career start, freshman Tristen Holmes contributed seven points and five assists.
SOU was up 17 by halftime and had its biggest lead at 86-67 with 7:23 to play. The Warriors (4-2) stayed in it by making four 3-pointers after that point and 15 overall.
Guillermo Nunez's eighth triple of the day made it 92-87 with 1:28 left before DeSaulnier made four straight free throws to seal it. Nunez scored 27.
SOU plays today at 3 p.m. in the tourney against the University of California, Merced.
SOU 98, MARITIME 55: At Klamath Falls, Southern Oregon’s Ashley Claussen scored 28 pionts as the 16th-ranked Raiders won in Oregon Tech's Midland Empire Classic over California Maritime (0-7).
Claussen, a senior point guard, went 11 of 18 from the field and 3 of 5 on 3-pointers.
The teams were tied at 27 with a few minutes left in the second quarter and the Raiders' lead was just 34-28 at halftime, but they won the third stanza 37-13 behind 11 Claussen points on 5 of 6 shooting.
As a team, the Raiders (4-0) shot 60 percent in the second half (24 of 40) following a 29-percent first half (12 of 41). They forced 28 Keelhaulers turnovers, held them to 30 percent from the floor (21 of 68), and had a 57-40 advantage on the boards, with 18 on the offensive end.
SOU’s Autmun Durand had 12 points and nine rebounds, Courtney Setzer scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds and Tinai Bradford added eight rebounds and seven assists.
SOU plays Williams Jessup at 1 p.m. today in the tourney.
SOU 22, GREAT FALLS 14: At Great Falls, Mont., 14th-ranked Southern Oregon knocked off No. 8 Great Falls to up its record to 3-1 in the West Region.
Luke Schlosser, the second-ranked 125-pounder in the NAIA, got the Argos started with a major decision, but the Raiders responded with wins in four straight classes. Freshman Matt Peterson (133) sparked the streak with a pin of third-ranked Clinton Garvin, nailing him down with five seconds left in the first round.
Trevor Hancock (141) followed with a 4-2 defeat of Justin Whitman, second-ranked Tyler Cowger (149) blanked No. 15 Kyle Leir in an 8-0 major decision and Kyle Sether (157) made it 16-4 with a 5-3 win over Arram Price.
At 184, No. 3 Ryan McWatters gave SOU a 7-4 win over Taylor Vaughn, and Tanner Fischer delivered the last Raider win of the night, 7-6 over Justin Harbison, at 197.