Mounties dominate glass, score big win over Raiders

Eastern Oregon took advantage of a huge advantage on the boards to score a 91-76 victory over Southern Oregon in a Cascade Conference men's basketball game Friday in La Grande.

Eastern Oregon improved to 8-4 overall and 2-1 in Cascade Conference play. Southern Oregon dropped to 8-4 overall and 0-3 in conference action.

Jordan Gregg had a team-high 23 points for the Mountaineers.

Jarrad Childs, in his second game back, had a team-high 22 points for the Raiders. Drew Herrera finished with 11 points, while Justonn Smith and Ryan Staker both had 10 points. Humphrey Jackson recorded a career-high 10 assists to go along with six points.

The Mountaineers outrebounded the Raiders 49-28 on the night.

Eastern Oregon led 41-39 at the half, before the Raiders jumped out to a 52-47 lead with just over 14 minutes to play. But the Mountaineers came back and had a 61-58 lead midway through the second half and pushed the lead to double digits for the remainder of the half.

Southern Oregon travels to College of Idaho Saturday night.

Boys Basketball

Jordan Resch had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead Ashland to a 64-54 nonconference win over Summit on Friday in the Grizzlies' first game at the renovated Mountain Avenue Gym in the Ashland Rotary Hoop Classic.

Billy Hansen and Adam Pavlich each added 16 points for the Grizzlies (4-4), who led 27-18 at halftime.

Hansen started in place of senior Mason Costantino, who is out four to six weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Jesse Heinly had 17 points to pace Summit.

Mazama beat Henley in the tournament's other boys game, and Ashland will play host to Henley at 3 p.m. Saturday. Mazama and Summit will square off at 11:45 Saturday morning.

The first game of the day begins at 10 a.m.

SUMMIT (54) — Heinly 17, Absalon 2, Huckins 3, Norby 9, Meagher 9, Stelk 4, Wettig 8, Moore 2, Mouser 0, Michalski 0. Totals: 19 8-9 54.

ASHLAND (64) — Resch 19, Hansen 16, Pavlich 16, Hitchko 9, Chasmar 4, Kendall 0, Stone 0, Heater 0, Westerberg 0. Totals: 24 12-19 64.

Summit 6 12 8 28 — 54

Ashland 15 12 15 22 — 64

3-point goals — Summit 8 (Heinly 4, Wettig 2, Huckins 1, Norby 1), Ashland 4 (Hansen 2, Hitchko 1, Pavlich 1).

Women's Basketball

Eastern Oregon jumped out and early and held on late to upset ninth-ranked Southern Oregon 61-57 Friday in La Grande.

Eastern Oregon improved to 7-5 overall and 2-1 in Cascade Conference play with the victory. Southern Oregon dropped to 12-2 overall and 1-2 in conference action. Southern Oregon travels to College of Idaho Saturday night.

Shaylee Neilsen led three Mountaineers in double-digits with 15 points.

Jacki Speer had another monster night for the Raiders, going for 18 points and 20 rebounds, despite fouling out late in the game. Krystal Smith and Emily Brookins both had nine points for the Raiders and Brookins added 10 rebounds.

Southern Oregon shot just 35 percent from the field for the game, 25 percent from 3-point land and 46 percent from the free throw line.

Eastern Oregon led by as much as eight in the first half and 28-24 at the half.

In the second half, the advantage got up to 12 before the Raiders came back and cut the lead to three at 55-52 after buckets by Smith and Brookins with 1:19 to play, but that's as close as the Raiders would get.

College Wrestling

The NAIA's fifth-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team went 1-1 against NCAA Division I opponents, including an impressive victory over Air Force on Friday in Corvallis.

SOU defeated Air Force 20-15, and also dropped a 40-3 decision to Oregon State. Southern Oregon is 5-3 on the season and will take part in the Tournament of Champions in Reno on Sunday.

In the victory over Air Force, Southern Oregon jumped out early and won four of the first six matches to take control.

Top-ranked Mitchell Lofstedt got the dual started with a pin of Andrew Swirlein in 1 minute, 30 seconds at 125 pounds and Brian Jacob followed that up with a victory at 133.

Justin Mills had a major decision victory at 149 to give the Raiders a 13-4 lead. Tommie Hooper then scored a victory at 165 and Chris Platt's major decision victory at 184 wrapped up the dual for the Raiders.

Against the Beavers, Platt was the lone winner for the Raiders. The defending National Champion came away with a 4-2 victory to break up OSU's shutout bid.

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