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  • SOU men give McDermott historic win

  • 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.
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  • 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.
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