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West, DeSaulnier power Raiders 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 overall), who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, had another crisp offensive performance with 57-percent shooting (33-of-58) in both halves – 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 15 3-pointers, including four after that point. 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's 27 points off the bench (including 21 in the second half) led William Jessup. Darius Clement went for 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Darell Polle had 15 points and four assists.

Despite missing their last three free throws, the Raiders had their first respectable day at the line of the season by going 24-of-32. They'd been under 70 percent in each of their five previous games.

The Raiders also got eight points and 10 rebounds out of Clay Sierra, and Brennan Rakoz added seven and seven.

They've won seven straight overall against William Jessup, which competes at the NAIA Div. I level.

SOU returns to action today in a 3 p.m. meeting with University of California, Merced.

Women's Basketball

At Klamath Falls, another installment of the Ashley Claussen show broke out Friday afternoon at Oregon Tech's Midland Empire Classic.

Claussen, 16th-ranked Southern Oregon's senior point guard, went 11-of-18 from the field and 3-of-5 from the 3-point line to score 28 points in a 98-55 Raiders win over California Maritime at Danny Miles Court.

The win was SOU's fourth in as many games, and Claussen has scored 20-plus in all of them.

The teams were tied at 27 with a few minutes left in the second quarter and the Raiders' lead was just 34-28 at half, but they won the third stanza 37-13 behind 11 Claussen points on 5-of-6 shooting.

As a team, the Raiders 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.

Autmun Durand had 12 points and nine rebounds, and reserves Kristin Smeaton and Taylor Nuttall scored 11 and 10 points respectively. Courtney Setzer scored nine points and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, while Tinai Bradford added eight rebounds and seven assists.

Cal Maritime (0-7) was led by Amber Herrly's 14 points off the bench.

The Raiders play in Klamath again at 1 p.m. today against William Jessup.

Men's Wrestling

At Great Falls, Mont., the 14th-ranked Southern Oregon men's wrestling team grinded out a quality dual victory Friday night, 22-14 at 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.

UGF's Khalod Rashid, ranked fifth at 165, worked a 10-2 major decision against C.J. McKinnis. Andreas Geranios ended the night with a 5-3 win against Alejandro Sandoval at heavyweight.

The Raiders have won six of the last seven in the series against the Argos, but had lost in their last trip to Great Falls two seasons ago.

Next up, they'll be represented today at the Nor Cal Open in Redding, Calif