SOU held off by William Jessup at OIT Classic
KLAMATH FALLS — The Southern Oregon men’s basketball team paid for its late mistakes with another tight loss Friday night at Danny Miles Court, falling 77-75 to William Jessup (Calif.) at the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic.
With 15 seconds left, Myles Corey’s first free throw tied the game and his second gave the Warriors the lead. They kept it as Josh Meyer’s 3-point attempt from the top of the key rimmed out with one second left.
The Raiders had taken a 74-71 lead with 1:44 remaining as Jackson Smyth found Mason Whittaker open in the corner for a tiebreaking 3-pointer. They were up one with the ball and 31 seconds on the clock when Jake Virga committed a turnover from the backcourt. He was whistled for a foul seconds later, and Corey missed a pair of free throws but got another chance thanks to a Tim Strijaous offensive rebound.
The Raiders have lost their three games by a total of nine points. This one featured 16 ties and 14 lead changes.
WJU improved to 4-0 behind Matthew Schmidt’s 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cashemin Williams and Corey scored 14 apiece.
Meyer led SOU with 19 points and seven boards and Whittaker scored 14. Tez Allen totaled seven points, nine rebounds and four assists, Joe Juhala scored nine, and Brett Hollins had seven points and seven rebounds off the bench.
SOU 63, WHITWORTH (WASH.) 54: At Spokane, Wash., Southern Oregon used another stout performance on the defensive end to claim a win over Whitworth (Wash.) in the Quality Inn Whit Classic.
Guards Brianna Phiakhamngon and Kalei Iwami led the Raiders with 13 points apiece. Phiakhamngon’s jumper on the final possession of the third quarter put them up 40-37, and Iwami and Kenadee Honaker opened the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers to give them their largest lead of the night.
With seven minutes left, another Iwami bucket capped the 10-0 run and made it 48-37. Forward Kami Walk scored seven of her nine points in the period to secure the win. She ended with nine points, seven rebounds and two steals.
Dominique Harding helped spoil it by shooting 5-of-7 with 11 points, and Syd’Nee Fryer scored six while pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds.
The Raiders shot 40 percent from the field but were at their best in the fourth quarter, going 7-of-11.
They forced 17 turnovers, held the Pirates to a 39-percent mark from the field and limited them to six offensive rebounds. Megan Dorney kept them in the game with 20 points and seven rebounds. Talia Brandner contributed 18 and seven.
SOU trailed for only six minutes and never by more than four points.
HIGHLINE 3, RCC 0: At Seattle, Rogue Community College’s season came to an end, as Highline College got the win over the Opreys to dampen their first-ever trip to the NWAC Final Four.
RCC trailed 1-0 at halftime after a stoppage-time goal from Highline. Two more goals from Highline in the second half made it an insurmountable lead.
RCC ended its season 10-3-2 overall.