Raiders split against Owls

    Justin Parnell went for 23 points to lead the seventh-ranked Oregon Tech men's basketball team to a 72-71 victory over Southern Oregon on Saturday at McNeal Pavilion.

    Parnell had 12 of his 23 points in the second half to lead the Oregon Tech (18-3, 7-2 CC) comeback. Kyle Gomez, Andy Siverly and Joseph Foster each had 11 points for the Owls.

    Humphrey Jackson led SOU with 13 points, while David Grant finished with 12 and Austin Wolfer had 11.

    After trailing 38-35 at the half, the Raiders (9-9, 1-8) rallied in the second half and took a 43-42 lead on a Drew Herrera jumper with 13:46 to play. Herrera, a former North Medford player, scored eight points.

    Roland Johnson put the Raiders up six at 48-42 with 11:41 left, and they held the lead until the 5:38 mark, when Gomez knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Owls the lead back at 60-59.

    Oregon Tech pushed the lead to 68-61 until it was the Raiders' turn to come back.

    Southern Oregon responded with seven straight points to tie the game at 68-68 with 53 seconds to play, but Parnell rescued the Owls with a contested jumper, and Foster added a pair of free throws to give them the victory.

    SOU's Joe White hit a 3-pointer with just over a second to play to make the final margin 72-71.

    Two former South Medford standouts helped OIT. Myles Daley had four points, eight rebounds and three assists, and Brent Johnson scored six points.

    Women: S. Oregon 68, Oregon Tech 63

    Despite seeing a commanding 10-point lead slowly disappear, the Southern Oregon women's basketball team still managed to overcome rival Oregon Tech 68-63 Saturday night at McNeal Pavilion.

    Senior center Jacki Speer led the way for the Raiders (15-5, 4-5 Cascade) with 25 points and 16 rebounds, while teammate Ashley Baker added 18 points and 13 boards.

    Brittany Cherry paced Oregon Tech (11-10, 4-5) with 14 points.

    Despite holding the lead for the majority of the game, SOU shot just 40 percent from the field compared to 52 percent by Oregon Tech.

    "I thought we controlled the first half well," said SOU head coach Lynn Kennedy. "We knew they were going to make a run for it in the second half, but I thought we held our own well."

    With less than five minutes remaining, the Owls managed to grab the lead at 55-54. The game went back and forth until Speer stepped up in the final minute with four straight free throws to secure the victory.

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