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COLLEGE ROUNDUP: SOU rally falls short on road

FULLERTON, Calif. — Southern Oregon and Hope International exchanged leads five times in the final five minutes of regulation before heading to overtime, where the Royals preserved their perfect record with an 82-78 win on Friday at Darling Pavilion.

Anthony Garcia had 26 points and scored HIU’s last five at the free-throw line, and Kane Daniels hit two of his six 3-pointers during the extra session to help the Royals improve to 7-0.

The Raiders (3-2) trailed 55-45 before Tate Hoffman’s 3-pointer with seven minutes remaining sparked a 13-2 run, capped by another 3 from Jayson McMillan. With 54 seconds left, Tez Allen’s second-chance jumper put the Raiders up 67-66, but a Josh Powell-Davis free throw on the other end tied the score for the eighth time.

Allen’s jumper on SOU’s final possession in regulation was blocked, sending the game to OT.

All five Raider starters scored in double figures: Hoffman had 15 points, six rebounds and four assists; Jordan Hunt had 14 points and eight rebounds; Aaron Borich went for 14 points, five assists and four steals; Allen totaled 13 points and nine rebounds; and Conor Carroll added 11 points.

The Raiders raced out to a 26-13 lead but went into halftime down 38-33, plagued by 13 first-half turnovers. They committed just seven the rest of the way and shot 47 percent from the field (33-of-71).

The Royals shot just 36 percent from two-point range but went 11-of-16 beyond the arc. They also got to the line for 27 attempts, and Garcia hit 12 of 13.

SOU will remain at the HIU Classic to play at 1 p.m. today against 15th-ranked Vanguard (Calif.), another member of the NAIA Division I Golden State Athletic Conference.

Women’s Basketball

EMBRY-RIDDLE 75, SOUTHERN OREGON 63: At Prescott, Arizona, Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) turned what was a tie game after three quarters into a 12-point win, riding three starting guards who turned in a combined 59 points.

Jenna Knudson and Jazlyn Malentio-Faga both scored 20 and Hailey Villegas added 19 points, and Knudson and Villegas also had five assists apiece as the Eagles improved to 6-2.

Dominique Harding had 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds and four assists for the Raiders, who dipped to 3-3.

Syd’Nee Fryer’s bucket cut SOU’s deficit to 59-57 with 3:45 to play, but the Eagles answered with a 6-0 run that put them in control for good. Leading 69-62 after a pair of Knudson free throws, Villegas slammed the door on a 3-pointer with 1:17 left.

Fryer contributed 12 points, three steals and three assists. Kami Walk shot 4-of-5 to score eight points and Delaney Sparling added eight more off the bench.

The Raiders had a 21-11 on a Kenadee Honaker 3-pointer two minutes into the second quarter before the Eagles began chipping away, tying it at 50-all going into the fourth.


ROGUE CC ADVANCES: At Tacoma, Washington, Rogue Community College bounced back from a four-set loss to Treasure Valley to defeat Linn Benton and stay alive the double-elimination Northwest Athletic Conference Championships at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center.

Treasure Valley beat the Ospreys (28-4), 20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-19, and the Ospreys beat Linn Benton, 23-25, 25-20, 15-12. RCC will play Bellevue (26-12) today at 10 a.m. in another loser-out match.

Against Treasure Valley, the Ospreys were led by Paia Togagae, who had 17 kills and 16 digs, while Olivia Wallace added 39 assists and Violett Togagae 11 kills and 16 digs.

Against Linn Benton, Trinity Atuatasi had 18 digs, Paia Togagae 14 kills and 10 digs and Olivia Wallace 28 assists and eight digs. Violett Togagae had nine kills and nine digs.

Men’s Wrestling

EASTERN OREGON 22, SOUTHERN OREGON 15: At La Grande, Eastern Oregon won four consecutive matches in the latter half of its dual to take a dual between the Cascade Conference men’s wrestling rivals at Quinn Coliseum.

Freshman 125-pounder Lorenzo Vasquez got the Raiders going with a second-round pin of Hunter Nees for his fifth consecutive dual win and third straight by fall. After a pair of Mountaineers wins tied it, Matt Peterson (149 pounds) and JJ Talavera (157) earned back-to-back decisions to put SOU back up 12-6.

The Raiders were quiet after that during an EOU run started by Josh Pine’s major decision over Nick Peterson at 165. Keegan Mulhill, the 19th-ranked 174-pounder in the NAIA, ran up the score in a 19-4 technical fall against Fabian Miranda-Walls, Marco Retano topped Tanner Sallee (184) 8-4, and 12th-ranked Ryan Redford earned another bonus-point victory over Josh Hammers (197), 9-1.

Raider heavyweight Tanner Clark finished the night with a 3-0 decision over Cade Woodward.

Talavera improved to 5-1 in dual action with his win.

A basketball with March Madness 2019 sits in a rack before Michigan practice at the NCAA college basketball tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, March 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)