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  • Top-ranked Eastern Oregon avenges loss to SOU men

  • LA GRANDE — Top-ranked Eastern Oregon avenged its lone defeat of the season Saturday night, pulling away in the second half for a 75-61 Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over No. 21 Southern Oregon at Quinn Coliseum.
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  • LA GRANDE — Top-ranked Eastern Oregon avenged its lone defeat of the season Saturday night, pulling away in the second half for a 75-61 Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory over No. 21 Southern Oregon at Quinn Coliseum.
    Anthony Brown's double-double helped propel the Mountaineers to the victory. He posted game-high totals with 25 points and 10 rebounds while hitting four 3-pointers in the win. Trent Roos added 16 points for EOU to match twin brother Taylor Roos' output for the Raiders.
    Jeff Bush totaled 13 points and seven rebounds for the Raiders, while Tim Weber and David Sturner each added 10 points.
    The game held close until the final five minutes, with four ties and 11 lead changes. Southern Oregon (15-7, 7-4 Cascade) built its largest lead of the game less than five minutes in when Bush hit a 3-pointer to give SOU an 11-5 lead. Eastern Oregon's Cody Thurmond responded with a trey of his own on the next possession, but the hosts didn't pull ahead until the closing minutes of the first half.
    Eric Thompson hit a 3-pointer with five minutes to go and Weber made a jumper and a free throw to complete a three-point play that cut Eastern Oregon's lead to 60-55 with 4:43 to play. J.D. Esters knocked down a 3 to put Eastern back up by eight, and another trey by the EOU's Roos with less than two minutes to go pushed the lead into double-figures for good.
    Southern Oregon scored the first four points of the second half on back-to-back Bush buckets to tie the game at 34-34 after going into halftime down four. A 3-pointer by Weber less than two minutes later put SOU ahead 37-36, but that would prove to be the Raiders' final lead of the game.
    A Brown jumper sparked a 13-point EOU streak to give the Mountaineers their first double-digit lead of the game, 49-37 with 13:54 remaining. A free throw by Terriel Thomas ended the streak, and the Raiders responded with an eight-point stretch of their own.
    Southern Oregon held Eastern Oregon to 38.3 percent shooting (23-for-60), but the Mountaineers finished with 10 more shot attempts and the Raiders and made 10 3-pointers and 19 free throws in the game.
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