KLAMATH FALLS — Conor Carroll scored 20 points off the bench and accounted for eight straight in a game-deciding run as No. 11 Southern Oregon dealt William Jessup (Calif.) its first loss of the season by a score of 79-70 on Friday at the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic.
Carroll, a sophomore from South Medford, went 8-of-16 from the floor with four 3-pointers. SOU (3-1 overall) led 61-59 before he drained one of those from the left wing with five minutes to go, and on the Raiders' next possession he squared up his defender from 25 feet and hit another.
After a pair of WJU free throws on the other end, Carroll cut to the hoop and laid in Ben DeSaulnier's dump-off from the post to make it 69-63, and the Raiders never looked back.
They got stellar performances from two more sophomores: forward Tate Hoffman, who had 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists, and point guard Aaron Borich, who sparked them off the bench with nine points, six assists and three steals. DeSaulnier chipped in 11 points and Tristen Holmes had nine points, five assists and five rebounds.
SOU weathered a cold-shooting start in which it missed 11 of its first 12 attempts from 3-point range. After going up 14-13 on a Carroll jumped six minutes into the game, the Raiders went the next seven-plus minutes without a field goal. They shot 16-of-26 in the second half, however, and wound up at 47 percent (27-of-57) for the game.
At Klamath Falls, 15th-ranked Southern Oregon heated up just in time to bury Simpson (Calif.), 82-65, on Friday afternoon in the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic.
Toria Bradford tallied 15 points and five assists, Daranda Hinkey had 13 points and three assists and the SOU point guards scored eight points apiece in the fourth quarter to break open what had been a 52-48 game when the period began, helping the Raiders (3-0) stay perfect on the season.
Within the first two minutes of the fourth, Casey Williams, Ariel Augustine and Bradford hit 3-pointers that extended the lead to 11. The Raiders had gone 2-of-19 from downtown in the second and third periods combined before closing the game with a 5-of-10 effort, and they shot 10-of-19 overall in the quarter to raise their shooting percentage to 37 (28-of-76).
At La Grande, Southern Oregon scored bonus points in the last four matches of the night to erase a 12-point deficit and take a 27-18 Cascade Conference dual victory from Eastern Oregon on Friday at Quinn Coliseum.
After Mountaineers 165-pounder Jacob Dupuis won by fall over Cody Stahl to put his team up 18-6, SOU's C.J. McKinnis (174) sparked the rally with a pin of Erik Wilson in 1:57 that cut the deficit in half.
Raider 184-pounder Max Hane kept the rally going by working a 16-1 technical fall that ended moments into the third round. SOU then took the lead for the first time, 21-18, thanks to Tanner Fischer's 8-0 major decision over Eric Fan at 197, and heavyweight Zane Wardwell clinched the victory by pinning Taben Mansarey in 3:52.
The 11th-ranked Raiders evened their dual record at 1-1 and went to 3-0 against their in-state rivals since EOU reinstated its wrestling program last season, keeping control of the vaunted Wagontire Trophy.