EUGENE — The Southern Oregon University men's basketball team's late-game woes persisted Saturday night in a 93-84 overtime loss to Northwest Christian at the Morse Events Center.
The 14th-ranked Raiders (19-6 overall, 8-5 Cascade Conference) led 70-63 when Kyle Tedder made a step-back jumper with 1:50 left. Then, NCU point guard Javonte Byrd pulled them back for the second time this season.
Five straight Austin Kuemper points cut the lead to two with 54 seconds left. After a pair of Eric Thompson free throws, Byrd's deep 3-pointer cut it to one. When Tedder hit two more free throws, Byrd tied it on another 3-pointer with 14 seconds to spare.
Byrd made two free throws to start overtime, where the Beacons went 4-for-6 from the floor, 11-for-13 from the line and never trailed.
Byrd, who had 24 points and seven rebounds for NCU (14-9, 8-5), went 4-for-7 from 3-point range and has hit 12 of 19 in two wins against SOU. He's 6-for-35 against everyone else in the conference.
Kuemper had 26 points and eight rebounds.
Eric Thompson led the Raiders with 28 points and 10 boards. His leaning, desperation 3-point attempt on the last possession of regulation rimmed out. His fourth 3-pointer gave SOU its biggest lead, 64-56, with 6:35 remaining.
Tedder scored 15 points off the bench, and David Sturner had 12 before fouling out in regulation. Jeff Bush went for eight points and four assists, while Tim Weber went for nine and three.
SOUTHERN OREGON 84, NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 68 — At Eugene, Southern Oregon completed a season sweep of Northwest Christian for the second straight year at the Morse Event Center.
Allison Gida kept up her offensive streak with a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds. Carly Meister tallied 13 points and nine boards, while Ashley Claussen had 13 points, four rebounds and three assists for the Raiders (19-6 overall, 8-5 Cascade Conference).
The Raiders have won four straight conference road games for the first time in five years. They're a half-game behind third-place Northwest and one game behind second-place Oregon Tech with five to go, including clashes against both in the next two weeks.
The Raiders broke a 2-all tie with Meister's layup and didn't look back. They finished the first half shooting 55 percent from the field for a 46-33 lead.
Meister finished shooting 6-for-7 from the field. Kristen Schoenherr went 5-for-7 to contribute 12 points, and Bree Park knocked down three from beyond the arc to go with three assists.
The Raiders stretched the lead by starting the second half with a 12-2 run. A Gida layup gave them their biggest advantage, 75-49, with 7:48 remaining.
CONCORDIA-IRVINE 7-2, SOUTHERN OREGON 0-6 — At Irvine, Calif., Southern Oregon rebounded from a Game 1 defeat by earning its second win over the defending NAIA national champions in as many years.
The Raiders claimed the second half of their twin bill behind Sydney White's five-hit complete game at Eagles Field.
It was a welcome confidence boost to cap an otherwise frustrating trip for the Raiders, who started their season Friday with a pair of 9-1 losses at Biola and lost the first game against Concordia, 7-0.
White, who also went the distance to beat the Eagles 4-3 last year, struck out seven, walked three and gave up five hits. The defense behind her committed just one error, while Concordia's committed four.
She got the lead for good in the third inning when, with the score tied 1-1, Julia Willison doubled to put two on with no outs. Three runs would score, two of which were unearned, as Sierra Anderson, Ashley Lowe and Megan Scherer knocked in one apiece. Anderson tacked on with an RBI single in the fourth and Lowe's double drove in the final run in the sixth.
Willison and Kassie Smith were both on base three times. Smith went 2-for-3 and knocked in Tyler Burke with a double to get the Raiders on the board.
Track and Field
U OF W INVITE — At Seattle, Amelia Maguin became the first Southern Oregon Raider to qualify for the NAIA Indoor Track & Field Championships, sliding in just under the necessary mark in the 400-meter dash Saturday at the University of Washington Invitational.
Muragin, who last year broke SOU's school record in the 400-meter hurdles, crossed the finish line at Dempsey Indoor in 57.81 seconds, the seventh-best time of 35 finishers. She needed 58.5 or better to qualify.
Jonz Olander hit the NAIA's 'B' qualifying standard with a time of 49.13 seconds in the 400-meter dash and was sixth of 10 runners. The 'A' standard is 49.0.
CALIFORNIA COLLEGIATE OPEN — At San Francisco, wrestling for the third time in as many days, Brock Gutches remained strong and claimed the 174-pound title at the tournament hosted by San Francisco State.
Gutches, a top-ranked junior, won four straight to top his class, finishing the day with a 7-2 decision in the title bout over Colorado Mesa's Chester Granard. The rest of his path consisted of wins against Simpson's Matt Tsarnas (pin, 4:49), Oregon State's Zach Cardwell (3-0) and Stanford's Keaton Subjeck (8-2).
The seventh-ranked Raiders went home with two other places in Taylor Johnson, who went 3-1 and was runner-up at 197 pounds, and Jacob Abrams, who went 5-1 and placed third.
Johnson dominated Cal-State Bakersfield's Matt Williams (13-3), San Francisco State's Andrew Reggi (7-0) and Bakersfield's Alex Encarnacion (pin, 2:10) to reach the final. There, he dropped a 3-1 decision to Cal Baptist's Caleb Gerl.
Abrams started with a 15-0 major decision over Cal Baptist's Bradley Beaudette before unattached David Rice knocked him out of the championship bracket, 8-2. He had to win four consolation tilts, ultimately defeating Cal Baptist's Kenneth Tribble, 6-3, to secure third place.
"It was a tough tourney and we wrestled well overall," Raiders head coach Mike Ritchey said. "This is something to build on as we head down the stretch."
That stretch includes two last dual meets — next Saturday at Simon Fraser (B.C.), and Feb. 15 against Pacific at Bob Riehm Arena.