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  • SOU men solidify third seed for playoffs

  • ASHLAND — Juniors Jeff Bush and Kyle Tedder stole the show on Senior Night, combining for 12 3-pointers as the 21st-ranked Southern Oregon men's basketball team closed out the regular season with a 74-64 Cascade Collegiate Conference victory over Northwest Christian.
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  • ASHLAND — Juniors Jeff Bush and Kyle Tedder stole the show on Senior Night, combining for 12 3-pointers as the 21st-ranked Southern Oregon men's basketball team closed out the regular season with a 74-64 Cascade Collegiate Conference victory over Northwest Christian.
    Southern Oregon (22-8) clinched the third seed in the conference tournament with a 13-5 record. It hosts sixth-seeded Concordia in a first-round game at 7 p.m. Wednesday. It will be the first CCC home tournament game for SOU since 2006.
    The Raiders will be looking to avenge an 83-75 loss to Concordia the last time the Cavs came to town on Jan. 25.
    SOU honored seniors Taylor Roos and Terriel Thomas in a ceremony before the game, with both receiving starting nods. But it was the junior duo that shot SOU to the victory.
    Tedder made seven 3s to score a game-high 23 points and tied Bush for the team lead with five assists. Bush made 8 of 10 shots — including 5-for-6 from beyond the arc — and scored a career-high 22 points.
    Eric Thompson added 13 points and eight rebounds.
    Jordan Buhler and Trevor Parker both scored 13 points to lead Northwest Christian, with Buhler adding 10 rebounds for a double-double.
    The Raiders shot 53.7 percent (29 of 54) and 52 percent (13 of 25) from long range while limiting the Beacons to 41.2 percent shooting (28-for-68).
    The Raiders scored nine of the first 11 points to claim an early lead, but the Beacons countered with nine straight to take their first lead of the game at 11-9 five minutes into the first half.
    Southern Oregon worked its lead back up to seven when a Tedder 3 made it 22-15 with just under nine minutes to play in the period, but NCU again rallied to take a two-point lead at 28-26 before another Tedder trey in the final minute gave SOU a 29-28 halftime advantage.
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