KIRKLAND, Wash. — Southern Oregon men's basketball coach Brian McDermott is now all alone atop the program's coaching leaderboard Friday night as the 24th-ranked Raiders defeated Northwest 80-73 in Cascade Collegiate Conference action.
The win, Southern Oregon's first in Kirkland since 2007, improves the Raiders' record to 19-8 overall and 10-5 in conference play and moves them one step closer to clinching a home game in the first round of the conference tournament. Southern Oregon ranks third in the standings with three games to play, two games behind second-place Warner Pacific and a half-game ahead of fourth-place College of Idaho.
McDermott's 242nd win at Southern Oregon moves him one ahead of Ted Schopf and into sole possession of the SOU program record. With that milestone achieved, the Raiders will take on Evergreen at 7:30 tonight looking to move yet another step closer to their first home conference tournament game since 2006.
The Raiders came up big on both offense and defense in the win. Southern Oregon shot 55.3 percent (26 of 47) from the field while limiting Northwest to only 37.7 percent shooting (26 of 69). The two teams made the same number of shots, but Northwest attempted 22 more than SOU, including 33 attempts from beyond the arc for the Eagles.
Southern Oregon's David Sturner posted a 15-15 night in points and rebounds, while Eric Thompson made 8 of 9 shot attempts to score a team-high 19 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Taylor Roos added 10 points in the win.
Michael Russo finished with a game-high 21 points for the Eagles (19-9, 9-7). Ryan Dornik scored 16, Nemanja Grujicic tallied 13 and Michael Greene posted a double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
SOUTHERN OREGON 76, NORTHWEST 61 — At Kirkland, Wash., Southern Oregon bounced back from a slow first half to outscore Northwest by 20 points in the second and claim a key Cascade Collegiate Conference victory.
Melissa Sweat scored a game-high 17 points, while Alexi Smith made 7 of 9 shots on her way to 16 points for the Raiders (19-8, 8-7 Cascade). Angelica Cahee tallied 12 points as the Raiders outrebounded Northwest 46-35 and out-shot the Eagles 45.8 percent (27-of-59) to 33.3 percent (22-of-66).
Sanda Milovic led Northwest (2-21, 1-15) with 16 points, while Ashly Coila and Alyssa Dario each scored 11 and Domi Mendezona finished with 10.
The Raiders hit 11 of 30 shots in the opening half and fell behind 35-30 at the break. Southern Oregon improved on both ends of the ball after intermission, shooting 55.2 percent (16-of-29) while holding Northwest to 25.7 percent shooting (9-of-35) to outscore the Eagles 46-26 and claim the 15-point win.
SOUTHERN OREGON 26, SIMPSON 19 — At Ashland, the second-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team overcame an early deficit to score a home victory over Simpson at Bob Riehm Arena.
Southern Oregon improved to 11-3 on the season and will host long-time rival Pacific tonight at 6 p.m. in the annual senior night dual.
On Friday, the Red Hawks jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a forfeit at 125-pounds and a technical fall at 141.
Top-ranked 133-pounder Prescott Garner earned SOU's only victory in the first three matches as Simpson held an early 11-6 lead.
The Raiders came back with victories by second-ranked Jimmy Eggemeyer at 149 and 11th-ranked Dalton Urrutia at 157 to take their first lead of the dual at 12-11.
Freshman Bryson Gutches then scored a last second 3-2 victory at 165 to give the Raiders a four-point advantage at 15-11.
RAIDERS START 2-1 — At Redding, Calif., the Southern Oregon softball team bounced back from a season-opening loss in the morning to win its next two games during the first day of the Simpson Tournament.
Southern Oregon finishes the day with a 2-1 record and is set to return to action today with three more games at the tournament.
In SOU's opener, British Columbia scored four runs in the seventh inning to win 5-1. Julia Willison homered in the sixth inning to give the Raiders their lone run and one of their two hits in the game. Karlie Stephens of Eagle Point took the loss, giving up five runs on 11 hits in a complete-game loss.
Later in the day, Southern Oregon scored three in the fourth and added three more in the top of the seventh to pick up the 7-5 comeback victory.
Lauren Keel finished with a pair of hits and an RBI, and Sierra Anderson finished 1-for-2 with an RBI. Sydney White limited Simpson to two earned runs on seven hits with nine strikeouts to earn the win.
In SOU's final game of the day, the Raiders rallied in the seventh to down Biola 2-1 behind Chelsea Talbert's complete-game effort. She held Biola to one run on seven hits.
Stephanie Vandenbusch singled home Irene Barrantas and Willison in the seventh to give SOU the victory.