Matt Cowell turned in a big game but Southern Oregon dropped its sixth Cascade Conference contest in eight outings 77-72 to Northwest Christian on Saturday night at McNeal Pavilion.

Cowell scored 35 points &

one shy of his career-high &

on 12 of 22 shooting, including a 7-for-15 effort from 3-point land, and snared seven rebounds to go with seven assists for SOU.

The Raiders (6-12 overall), however, were outrebounded 42-32 and made just 8 of 16 from the foul line.

Neither side led by more than five points in the second half.

Cowell scored 20 points over the final 20 minutes. His 3-pointer with 3:49 to play gave the Raiders their final lead at 68-65.

Northwest Christian tied the game on a — by Jordan Whittenburg and took the lead for good with 2:37 left on a layup by Andrew Williams.

Cowell missed a free throw with a chance to tie with 28 second remaining, then came up empty on a game-tying 3-point attempt with 13 seconds to go.

Former Raider Peter Nelson led Northwest Christian (6-12, 3-5 CC) with 29 points.

NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (6-12, 3-5)

Nelson 9-16 5-6 29, Williams 2-7 1-2 6, Whittenburg 5-10 0-0 13, Miller 1-4 0-0 2, Jarrett 7-16 2-2 16, Hoepfl 0-0 0-0 0, Nichols 0-1 0-0 0, Quick-Warner 1-4 1-1 3, McKee 0-1 1-1 1, Van Loon 2-3 2-4 7. Totals: 27-62 12-16 77.

SOUTHERN OREGON (6-12, 2-6)

Thornton 0-0 0-2 0, Mahr 2-3 3-5 7, McDermott 5-8 1-2 13, Cowell 12-22 4-7 35, Pool 3-7 0-0 7, Grant 4-10 0-0 10, Tiefenthaler 0-0 0-0 0, Rooney 0-1 0-0 0. Totals: 26-51 8-16 72.

Halftime""Northwest Christian 33, Southern Oregon 32. 3-point goals""Northwest Christian 11-18 (Nelson 6-10, Williams 1-1, Whittenburg 3-6, Van Loon 1-1), Southern Oregon 12-24 (McDermott 2-2, Cowell 7-15, Pool 1-1, Grant 2-5, Rooney 0-1). Rebounds""Northwest Christian 42 (Williams 9), Southern Oregon 32 (Mahr, Cowell 7). Assists""Northwest Christian 10 (Nelson, Quick-Warner 3), Southern Oregon 17 (Cowell 7). A""350.

Women's basketball

Sophomore Jacki Speer led a determined Southern Oregon University women's basketball squad to a convincing 88-66 Cascade Conference win over Northwest Christian at McNeal Pavilion Saturday night.

Speer scored 23 points, including a 9-for-10 effort from the free-throw line as the Raiders (15-3, 6-2 CCC) jumped out to a 45-29 halftime lead.

Ashley Baker added 14 points, Chelsey Muri tossed in nine as did Lindsey Scheffler for the third-place Raiders, who trail Eastern Oregon by one game and College of Idaho by just a half a game in the conference standings with 12 games to play.

"We have a lot of weapons and we're starting to see the recruiting process come through," SOU coach Lynn Kennedy said. "We have to win at home and we did and once again we played well from start to finish."

SOU played Northwest Christian for the first time ever and were never threatened throughout the contest.

The Beacons (8-10, 2-6 CCC) were led by Elise Gray's 30 points on 11-of-19 shooting while Lori Renner had nine and Jacquie Lipp eight.

SOU meets Warner Pacific and Cascade this weekend at McNeal Pavilion.

NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN (66)

Lipp 2-5 3-5 7, Croll 0-5 6-8, Renner 3-7 3-3 9, El. Gray 11-19 5-9 30, Gambee 4-11 0-2 8, Loftin 0-1 0-0 0, Bolander 0-0 0-1 0, Em. Gray 0-1 0-0 0, Montieth 0-0 1-2 1, Ross 0-0 0-0 0, Gustafson 0-0 0-0 0, Crocker 1-5 0-0 2, Van Loon 0-0 3-4 3. Totals: 21-54 21-34 66.

SOUTHERN OREGON (88)

Muri 3-8 2-2 9, Brookins 2-7 0-0 4, Cooper 3-5 2-2 8, Dickison 2-7 0-0 6, Speer 7-12 9-10 23, Nakamura 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 3-3 0-2 6, Scott 2-11 5, Baker 6-14 1-4 14, Porter 2-4 0-0 4, Scheffler 4-5 0-0 9. Totals: 34-78 15-22 88.

Halftime &

SOU 45, NC 29. 3-point goals &

NC 3-9 (El. Gray 3-5, Renner 0-1, Gambee 0-1, Crocker 0-2), SOU 5-22 (Dickison 2-7, Scheffler 1-2, Baker 1-3, Muri 1-5, Nakamura 0-1, Brookins 0-2, Scott 0-2). Rebounds &

NC 46 (Lipp, Croll 6), SOU 47 (Speer, Smith, Baker 7). Assists &

NC 11 (Lipp, Croll 3), SOU 12 (Muri 4). Personal Fouls &

NC 18, SOU 24. A &

250.

Wrestling

NWCA/CLIFF KEEN NATIONAL DUALS &

At Cedar Falls, Iowa, eighth-seeded Southern Oregon University went 2-2 in duals and wrestled for seventh-place in the NAIA division of the NWCA/Cliff Keen National Duals.

The Raiders opened the 16-team tournament with a 24-16 victory over Notre Dame College. Southern Oregon was knocked into the consolation bracket when top-ranked Lindenwood defeated the Raiders, 29-8.

Southern Oregon came back to post a 21-15 win over Cumberland University before falling to Oklahoma City University, 22-13, in the consolation quarterfinals.

Southern Oregon junior Chase Locke (197) was undefeated in three matches, while Barry Johnson (141) went 3-1 on the day.

Heavyweight Marcus Moore went 2-1 for the Raiders. Moore took No. 1-ranked Lance Shunia of Lindenwood to overtime before dropping the decision.

"We had some highs and we had some lows," Southern Oregon coach Mike Ritchey said. "We didn't put it all together. Everyone has to be on the same page wrestling well and that didn't happen today."

Boys basketball

The Ashland High boys basketball team came out flat Saturday afternoon in a Southern Sky Conference game.

But the Grizzlies, less than 24 hours after edging Crater Friday night, turned up the pressure in the third quarter to run away with a 52-33 victory over Mazama at the Ashland High gym.

Ashland (8-8, 3-0 SSC) outscored the Vikings 24-1 in the third period to turn a 21-18 halftime deficit into a 42-22 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"I think we're such a cerebral team," said Ashland coach Larry Kellems. "We have to test our opponents out before we figure out how to attack them."

The Grizzlies did just that in the second half.

Ashland turned to a full-court press in the third quarter to put Mazama on its heels.

"We needed the energy because we were really playing flat in that second quarter," Kellems said. "Our guys really responded in the second half."

Senior post Matt Lipski led Ashland with 13 points, while Jesse Javna and Garrett Tygerson each added 10 points.

Colton Nelson paced the Vikings (1-1 SSC) with eight points.

MAZAMA (33) &

C. Nelson 8, J. Nelson 3, Rose 7, Fields 6, Mawson 4, Millsap 5, Mathis 0, Schiess 0, Taylor 0, Swann 0, Quirk 0, Bedard 0, Ayers 0. Totals: 11 8-12 33.

ASHLAND (52) &

Lipski 13, Thigpen 6, Javna 11, Sebrell 5, Clement 0, Moskowitz 2, Tygerson 10, Raymond 5, Pavlich 0, Amrhein 0, Resch 0, Wilson 0. Totals: 21 5-7 52.

Mazama 8 13 — 11 ""33

Ashland 10 8 24 10 ""52

3-point goals &

Mazama — (Rose 2, J. Nelson 1), Ashland 5 (Thigpen 2, Javna 1, Sebrell 1, Raymond 1).

JV score &

Ashland 62, Mazama 43.

Girls basketball

At Klamath Falls, third-ranked Ashland got a big effort from its backups in a battle of undefeated SSC teams. In the end, the Grizzlies beat Mazama 49-43 on Saturday.

The Grizzlies starters were somewhat fatigued after playing heavy minutes in a victory over Crater on Friday, so substitutes Natalie Del Carlo, Sarah Silbowitz, Layla Zare and Drew Van Vleck performed effectively in extended playing time.

Junior guard Kelsey McKinnis led the Grizzlies (14-2, 3-0 SSC) with 15 points and Brenna Heater added 10 points and nine rebounds.

Mazama (7-5, 2-1 SSC) pulled to within two points late in the game but McKinnis and Silbowitz made two free throws each with less than one minute remaining to preserve the lead.

ASHLAND (49) &

McKinnis 15, Heater 10, Del Carlo 4, Gida 6, Petitt 0, Siebenlist 3, Zare 3, Silbowitz 5, Pavlich 2, Van Vleck 1. Totals: 16 15-22 49.

MAZAMA (43) &

MacPhee 13, Hoskins 3, Saltenberger 2, Hunter 0, Groves 4, Jones 2, Garrett 10, Grigsby 9. Totals: 15 9-15 43.

Ashland 14 14 13 8 "" 49

Mazama 9 11 15 8 "" 43

3-point goals &

Ashland 2 (Silbowitz 1, Siebenlist 1), Mazama 4 (Grigsby 2, Macphee 1, Hoskins 1). Fouled out &

Saltenberger.

JV result &

Ashland 38, Mazama 27.