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.
SOU 77, NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 65 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon limited Northwest Christian to less than 18 percent first-half shooting to build a double-digit halftime lead and held off the Beacons in the second half.
SOU closed out the regular season with a 21-9 overall record. It will have the fifth seed in the conference tournament and visits Warner Pacific in Portland Tuesday.
The Raiders honored seniors Krysten Copeland, Angelica Cahee, Haley Newell and Molly Doran in a ceremony after the game.
Cahee starred during the game with a career-best 17 rebounds. The 5-foot-6 guard also had 14 points for her third career double-double.
Alexi Smith and Melissa Sweat tied Cahee for the team lead with 14 points apiece, and Smith grabbed 11 rebounds.
NAIA WEST REGIONALS — At Great Falls, Mont., Southern Oregon's quest for a program-record fifth consecutive NAIA West championship fell short as the second-ranked Raiders tallied 133 points to finish behind third-ranked tournament host Great Falls in the team race.
The Raiders finished eight points ahead of sixth-ranked Montana-State Northern (125), while Embry-Riddle (Ariz.) tallied 108 points to finish fourth in the most competitive regional tournament in the NAIA this year.
Top-ranked Raiders Mitchell Lofstedt (125 pounds) and Brock Gutches (174) claimed individual titles, while second-ranked Taylor Johnson won the 197-pound title to give SOU three individual championships and a total of 11 national qualifiers.