No. 20 Lady Yotes sneak past Raiders; SOU men win

In a game that ended in controversy, 20th-ranked College of Idaho scored a 65-64 victory over the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team Friday at McNeal Pavilion.

The controversy put a damper on an exciting contest.

With one last possession, SOU's Ashley Baker came up with the ball underneath the hoop and put a shot back up. In a flurry of activity, a whistle sounded for a foul and the final buzzer sounded. After conferring, the referees ruled the foul occurred after the buzzer had sounded, ending the game. SOU filed a protest following the game, claiming the foul occurred before the buzzer.

The loss leaves the Raiders with a 15-6 overall record and 4-6 mark in Cascade Conference play. College of Idaho improved to 12-5 overall and 8-2 in conference.

Senior Jacki Speer led Southern Oregon with 27 points and 13 rebounds, while Ashley Baker added eight points and 16 boards.

Nicole Bruce and Marquina Gilliam-Hicks both had 11 points for the Yotes.

The Raiders looked to take control of the game to start the second half, using a 25-10 run to for a 49-35 lead with 10:54 to play following a Krystal Smith layup.

The Yotes stormed back and took a 53-52 lead with just under five minutes to play.

A layup by Whitney Owen gave the Yotes the game's final lead, 65-64, and set up the wild scramble at the end.

Southern Oregon hosts Eastern Oregon Saturday at 5:30.

Men's Basketball

Ryan Staker's free throw with three seconds to play gave Southern Oregon a 71-70 win over College of Idaho in the Cascade Conference game.

Southern Oregon improved to 10-9 overall and 2-8 in Cascade Conference action. College of Idaho dropped to 7-10 overall and 3-7 in conference play.

Staker led the Raiders with 21 points, David Grant finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds and Austin Wolfer (11) and Jarrad Childs (10) also scored in double figures.

Craig McGee led the Coyotes with 22 points. Matt Ballenger and Kelly McCarty had 14 points each.

With three seconds to play and the scored tied a 70-70, Staker stepped to the line and nailed his first free throw to give the Raiders a 71-70 lead.

The second free throw bounced off the rim and as the Coyotes dribbled up the court, SOU committed a foul and sent Kelvin Potts to the free throw line. Potts' first free throw bounced out and the Raiders gathered the rebound and the victory.

The game featured plenty of offense between the two schools, with SOU shooting 60 percent and the Yotes reaching 56 percent in the first half. SOU's biggest lead of the second half was just five points.

Boys Basketball

At Eagle Point, Ashland used a pressing defense and an active transition game to score 52 points in the middle two quarters of an 85-50 Southern Sky Conference win over Eagle Point on Friday.

Eagle Point (7-9, 1-4 SSC) led 14-13 after one quarter before the Grizzlies (10-6, 3-1) went on their run.

Billy Hansen scored 18 points to lead five Ashland players in double figures. Nino Foley had 17, Jordan Resch 11 and Adam Pavlich and Mason Costantino 10 each.

Tyrone Holmes talleid 20 points and six rebounds to lead the Eagles.

ASHLAND (85) — Hansen 18, Foley 17, Resch 11, Pavlich 10, Costantino 10, Chasmar 5, Kendall 4, Stone 3, Mills 2, Hitchko 3, Dickey 2, Westerberg 0, Keeter 0. Totals: 30 16-25 85.

EAGLE POINT (50) — Holmes 20, Marlia 10, Smith 3, Winter 8, Bolston 4, Snow 3, Reed 2, Gonzales 0, Morris 0, Van Dyke 0. Totals: 21 6-10 50.

Ashland 13 27 25 20 — 85

Eagle Point 14 11 10 15 — 50

3-point goals — Ashland 9 (Hansen 3, Foley 2, Costantino 2, Pavlich 1, Resch 1), Eagle Point 2 (Smith 1, Snow 1). Fouled out — Holmes.

JV score — Ashland 64, Eagle Point 56.

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