Raiders denied first victory in conference

Fifth-ranked Warner Pacific withstood a late push from the Southern Oregon University men's basketball team and escaped with a 78-75 victory Saturday at McNeal Pavilion.

Warner Pacific improved to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in Cascade Conference play. Southern Oregon dropped to 7-3 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

Jake Glisson led the Knights with a game-high 31 points. Jared Mace finished with 17 points and Kaylone Riley had 16 rebounds and four blocks.

Trevor McCay and Ryan Staker both had 15 points for the Raiders, while Humphrey Jackson had 13 points and Drew Herrera finished with 10.

Glisson helped spark the Knights early, hitting three 3-pointers to help the Knights take a 19-13 lead.

After that it was a back-and-forth affair.

The two teams were tied at 40-40 at the half and Warner pushed the lead up to 61-56 with just over 10 minutes to play in the game.

But McCay started to warm up in late in the half and a 3-pointer gave SOU a 62-61 lead.

Jackson hit a 3-pointer to give the Raiders a 67-63 advantage with 7:37 to play and, after Warner tied the game at 67-67, McCay buried another 3-pointer to push the lead back to 70-67.

The two teams were tied three more times before Warner took control late, with a Glisson layup giving the Knights the lead for good at 76-74.

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