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Raiders stunned in final seconds at Northwest

KIRKLAND, Wash. — Ryan Ricks’ three-point play with five seconds left gave Northwest (Wash.) a 73-72 win over No. 17 Southern Oregon on the opening night of Cascade Conference play Friday at Brodin Pavilion.

Ricks came up with a ball that was batted away in the paint, went up, finished and drew contact to earn the go-ahead free throw. SOU guard Teron Bradford’s contested 26-footer for the win fell short on the other end.

The Raiders’ inability to finish at the free-throw line proved costly. Leading 71-70 with 15 seconds left, Tate Hoffman and Jordan Hunt worked to collect an offensive rebound and, after an Eagles foul, Hoffman hit the first of two shots at the line. The second missed and went off of an Eagle out of bounds, but Raider guard Aaron Borich couldn’t capitalize on another one-and-one opportunity.

SOU (5-3 overall) was in front for all but four minutes and enjoyed its biggest lead at 45-30 after a Hoffman 3-pointer with 18:35 to play before the Eagles (5-4) began chipping away.

Behind Christian Hakilimali’s 13 second-half points - he finished with 20 in the game — Northwest briefly took the lead with four minutes remaining before Tez Allen’s step-back 3-pointer gave it back to the Raiders, 69-67.

Allen shined on an otherwise pedestrian night offensively with a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds, shooting 4-of-5 from downtown. Jordan Hunt totaled 16 points and seven boards, Hoffman had 16 and seven and Bradford scored 10.

SOU finished 9-of-15 at the line, while the Eagles went 23-of-27. Hussayn Ford helped their cause with 14 points and 11 rebounds and Hicks scored 11.

The Raiders will try to rebound today at Evergreen (Wash.). Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Women’s Basketball

NORTHWEST 84, SOUTHERN OREGON 67: At Kirkland, Wash., Northwest (Wash.) center Sam Van Loo dominated with 30 points and nine rebounds and keyed a decisive third-quarter run that opened up the Eagles’ 84-67 win against the Southern Oregon women’s basketball team Friday night at Brodin Pavilion.

The Cascade Conference opener for both teams was a one-point game before the Eagles (2-6) blew it up with a 20 straight to take a 60-39 lead with just under three minutes left in the third quarter.

Van Loo, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, scored eight points during the charge and went 14-of-17 on the night, taking advantage of holes in the middle of SOU’s trapping defense for mid-range jumper after jumper. With Maya DuChesne shooting 4-of-5 with 12 points, six rebounds and six assists, the Eagles hit at a 53-percent clip from the field.

Syd’Nee Fryer logged her fourth career double-double with season-highs of 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Raiders (4-4). Daranda Hinkey scored 15 points, accounting for half of SOU’s six 3-pointers, and Dominique Harding contributed 13.

SOU shot 35 percent as a team and was limited to six bench points compared to Northwest’s 23.

The lead changed eight times in the first half, though the Raiders went into the break trailing 35-31.

They’ll try to split the road trip today at Evergreen (Wash.), tipping off at 5:30 p.m.

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