Concordia stuns Southern Oregon men

ASHLAND — The Concordia men's basketball team shot 54.5 percent in the second half and rallied back from a nine-point deficit to defeat Southern Oregon 83-75 in Cascade Collegiate Conference action Saturday night at Bob Riehm Arena.

On Friday, the Raiders upset sixth-ranked Warner Pacific 97-82.

Adam Herman posted a double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds on 10-of-15 shooting for Concordia (12-10, 6-6 CCC), while Willy Ligon scored a game-high 29 points for the Cavaliers. Anthony Holton added 12 points in the road win.

Kyle Tedder sunk a trio of 3-pointers in the final three minutes as the Raiders (16-8, 8-5) tried to rally back, but his sharpshooting was not enough. Tedder finished the game with five treys and 19 total points to lead Southern Oregon.

David Sturner again tallied a double-double with 13 points and 13 rebounds, while Tim Weber finished with 12 points and Jeff Bush added 11.

Neither team shot particularly well in the first half as the Raiders finished the period at 40.6 percent (13-of-32), slightly above Concordia's 40 percent mark (12-of-30). Southern Oregon led for the majority of the period after the Cavs came out fast to score seven of the first nine points. The Raiders led by as many as eight points before the break before CU pulled within three at 34-31 going into halftime.

Southern Oregon looked like it might pull away midway through the second period. With the game tied at 44, the Raiders scored 11 of the next 13 points to take their largest lead of the game with 11:25 remaining. Concordia quickly rallied back, as Herman made a pair of free throws and Ligon dropped a 3-pointer before a Herman layup pulled the visitors within two.

Concordia tied it up at 57on a Justyn Searle layup with 8:21 to play. Ligon made a layup on the Cavs' next possession, and they never relinquished the lead. A 12-4 run a few minutes later put Concordia up 74-65 with under two minutes remaining.

A pair of 3s by Tedder helped the Raiders draw as close as three back with 20 seconds to go, but Concordia made five of six free throws in the final 16 seconds to close out the win.

The win for Concordia clinches a season split for the two teams, with both teams winning on the road. Southern Oregon beat the Cavaliers 77-72 last month in Portland.

Women's Basketball

SOU 82, CONCORDIA 68 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon scored 21 consecutive points to take a 32-10 lead midway through the first half as the Raider women defeated Concordia in Cascade Collegiate Conference action at Bob Riehm Arena.

Melissa Sweat posted her second consecutive double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds and added a game-high five assists for the Raiders (16-8, 6-7 CCC). Alexi Smith finished with 18 points and eight rebounds, while Haley Newell tallied 13 points.

Malori Dixon had 19 points and Randi McReynolds 15 points and 10 rebounds for Concordia (8-14, 2-10).


OSU THIRD — At Fort Worth, Texas, No. 16 Oregon State went 24-for-24 in hitting routines at the Metroplex Challenge. The Beavers scored a season-high 196.825 points and finished third overall, knocking off No. 9 Georgia.

Senior Kelsi Blalock scored a career-best 39.425 in the all-around to finish third in the meet.

Brittany Harris tallied a season-best in the all-around at 39.350, a total matched by Makayla Stambaugh. Sophomore Chelsea Tang established a career-best in the all-around as well at 39.175.

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