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  • Raider men claim first 20-win season in seven years

  • OLYMPIA — Southern Oregon doubled up Evergreen at halftime and held off the Geoducks in the second half to earn a 75-56 Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory Saturday night and claim its first 20-win season since 2005-06.
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  • OLYMPIA — Southern Oregon doubled up Evergreen at halftime and held off the Geoducks in the second half to earn a 75-56 Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball victory Saturday night and claim its first 20-win season since 2005-06.
    The win virtually assures SOU (20-8, 11-5 CCC) of a top-four conference finish, which would give the Raiders a home game in the first round of the conference tournament on Feb. 20. Southern Oregon currently sits in third place with a 11/2-game lead over Northwest and a two-game lead over Concordia with two games to go. The Raiders hold the individual tie-breaker advantage over both teams.
    Kyle Tedder led SOU with 15 points, while David Sturner fell one rebound shy of a double-double with 10 points and nine boards. Terriel Thomas finished with 11 points and Jordan West and Jacob Kaler each added 10.
    For Evergreen (2-22, 1-15), Frankie Johnson tallied a game-high 22 points and Cody Peters added 12.
    The Raiders scored the first nine points of the game and rarely looked back, connecting on 55.2 percent of their shots (16-of-29) in the opening period while limiting Evergreen to 21.2 percent shooting (7-of-33) during that stretch. Southern Oregon went more than five minutes without a point to open the second half, but Evergreen made only one of nine shot attempts during that stretch.
    The Raiders return home for the final weekend of the regular season. They will host Corban on Friday and Northwest Christian on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
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