PORTLAND — The 12th-ranked Southern Oregon men's basketball team earned its fifth consecutive Cascade Collegiate Conference victory to open the league season, holding off Concordia 77-72 Friday night at Cavalier Gymnasium.
David Sturner made 7 of 10 shot attempts to score 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Raiders (12-3, 5-0). Kyle Tedder tallied 16 points, while Eric Thompson finished with 13 points and Taylor Roos 11 in the win.
Willy Ligon led Concordia (4-7, 0-4) with 12 points, while Adam Herman, Jesse Armstrong and Kory Kirwan each totaled 11. Justyn Searle grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
Southern Oregon stifled Herman, who entered the game ranking among NAIA leaders in scoring and rebounding, limiting the CU leader to only six shot attempts and six total rebounds. The Raiders shot 49 percent as a team (27 of 55) while holding Concordia to 41 percent shooting (26-for-64).
Concordia opened fast, scoring 11 of the first 14 points to claim an eight-point lead less than three minutes into the game. That proved to be CU's largest lead of the night, as Southern Oregon scored the next six points and 11 of the next 13 to take a 14-13 lead with 12:44 to play in the first half.
The Raiders stretched their lead to eight points five minutes later when a Thompson 3-pointer made it 27-19, but Concordia worked its way back to tie it up at 32-32 going into the break.
The Raiders used an 11-2 run to take a nine-point lead following a trey by Sturner early in the second half, but a seven-point CU run a few minutes later helped the Cavaliers tie it up at 55 with less than eight minutes to play. Roos made a layup to end the Concordia run and reclaim the lead for SOU.
Southern Oregon led by a slim margin the rest of the way, with a pair of Herman free throws trimming the lead to one point with 28 seconds remaining. Sturner responded with a dunk to put the Raiders back up three and in the closing seconds Dex Daum had a dunk of his own to close out the five-point road win.
SOUTHERN OREGON 79, CONCORDIA 73 — At Portland, Southern Oregon scored 16 of the final 25 points, taking the lead for good in the final six minutes to knock off Concordia in a Cascade Collegiate Conference game at Cavalier Gymnasium.
Melissa Sweat scored a game-high 28 points to go with six rebounds and four steals to lead the Raiders (13-3, 3-2 Cascade). Allison Gida added 14 points, while Angelica Cahee finished with 12 points and Alexi Smith 11 in the win.
Gabi Beyer led Concordia (5-8, 0-4) with 14 points, while Kelly Huey posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds to go with five assists.
Neither team led by more than eight points as the game featured five ties and 15 lead changes.
Concordia scored nine of the first 13 points to claim its largest lead of the game in the opening minutes, but the Raiders rallied back with a 22-10 run to pull ahead by seven with 6:56 remaining in the first half.
Southern Oregon used a 6-0 run to reclaim the lead on a 3-pointer by Sweat in the second half, and the teams exchanged points for the next seven minutes before a Smith layup put the Raiders up for good with 6:08 to play. The made basket came as part of a seven-point run that turned a one-point deficit into a six-point advantage in the final five minutes.
The Raiders' lead bounced between four and eight points the rest of the way.