CALDWELL, Idaho — In 22 seasons, no team has ever gone undefeated through the Cascade Conference men's basketball schedule. Southern Oregon University certainly won't be the first.
The College of Idaho Coyotes knocked off the second-ranked Raiders, 95-83, Saturday night at the J.A. Albertson Activities Center, putting an end to SOU's 11-game win streak. The Raiders fell to 13-2 overall and 3-1 in the CCC going into an eight-day break.
Josh Wilson registered 13 points, 11 assists, seven rebounds and four steals, and Demetrius Perkins led five Coyotes (12-4, 3-1) in double figures with 20 points.
Eric Thompson went 7-for-17 with 25 points and 14 rebounds for SOU.
C of I had just eight turnovers and made 12 more free throws than the Raiders, but most importantly the Coyotes were able to keep their distance by never allowing a big run. A 15-3 spurt gave them a 47-33 lead just before halftime and put them in control for good.
A couple Thompson jumpers got SOU within seven two minutes into the second half, but the Raiders never got any closer and C of I led by as many as 17.
David Sturner had 15 points and nine rebounds, Jeff Bush had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists, and Tim Weber had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. The Raiders only got 13 points out of their bench.
Sydney Donaldson tallied 17 points and three of C of I's 10 3-pointers.
The Raiders will travel to Rocklin, Calif., for a Dec. 30 nonleague game against William Jessup. They'll be back home on Jan. 3-4 for CCC games against Northwest Christian and Corban.
EASTERN OREGON 91, SOUTHERN OREGON 86 — At Caldwell, Idaho, the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team was unable to break through late and became College of Idaho's second upset victim in as many nights.
The 17th-ranked Raiders (12-3 overall, 2-2 Cascade Conference) cut the deficit to 89-86 on Carly Meister's jumper with 90 seconds left — the closest they'd been since the eight-minute mark in the first half — and got a stop on the Yotes' ensuing possession, but were unable to come up with another bucket.
Meister went for 24 points and 10 rebounds, going 10-for-22 from the field to lead SOU. Allison Gida had 19 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two steals, hitting a couple key buckets late, and Kristen Schoenherr chipped in 10 points, three assists and three steals.
The Coyotes (6-6, 3-1), who on Friday knocked off No. 14 Oregon Tech, were led by Erica Martinez's 30 points. She hit four 3-pointers in the first half, where she scored 17 of her points.
SOU will next be in action on Dec. 30 at New Hope Christian in Eugene.