SOU's Sturner, Thompson receive CCC honors

Sturner is top newcomer; both make the first team

ASHLAND — Southern Oregon University's David Sturner was named newcomer of the year and sophomore Eric Thompson joined him on the first team in Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball all-conference voting.

Sturner was one of two players to average a double-double during in conference play, ranking 13th in scoring (12.8 points per game) and second in rebounding (10.4). He also ranked third in blocks (1.2) and eighth in shooting percentage (.506).

Through 33 games, Sturner has grabbed 305 rebounds to become the seventh player in SOU history to surpass 300 in a season.

Sturner's award gives the Raiders the honor for the second time in three seasons. Former SOU player Jordan Highland won it in 2011.

Thompson made the first team for the second straight season. He ranked seventh in the conference in scoring (14.4) and eighth in rebounding (6.6). Thompson's 527 points this season make him only the second player in SOU history to reach 500 in more than one season, and his 1,114 career points rank 12th in program history.

Kyle Tedder received honorable mention after becoming the conference's most prolific 3-point shooter this season. Tedder ranked fourth in the conference in scoring (15.7), 11th in assists (2.9) and 15th in steals (1.2), but where the junior made his mark was beyond the 3-point line. His 61 3-pointers were nine more than the CCC's second-best mark, and his .449 shooting percentage on 3s led the conference.

Going into next week's NAIA Tournament, Tedder is four points away from 500, which would give the Raiders two at that plateau for the first time in team history.

Warner Pacific's Stephen Harris was named conference player of the year, while Eastern Oregon's Michael Crane was defensive player of the year.

Eastern Oregon's Isaac Williams was named coach of the year after leading the Mountaineers to a regular-season co-championship and EOU's first No. 1 ranking in the NAIA poll.

Southern Oregon advanced to the CCC Tournament title game for the first time since 2005, falling to top-seeded Warner Pacific, 67-63, on Tuesday in Portland.

The Raiders earned an automatic bid to the NAIA Division II men's tournament and will face No. 14 Madonna, Mich., in the first round Wednesday in Branson, Mo.

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