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No. 2 Raiders falter late against Beacons

ASHLAND — Javonte Byrd introduced himself to the Cascade Conference with 35 points Friday night against Southern Oregon University, lifting Northwest Christian to a 75-71 upset at Bob Riehm Arena that kept the Beacons in first place.

Byrd, a sophomore point guard, had only been eligible for three games prior to this one and was 2-for-12 from 3-point range. He went 9-for-12 from outside against the second-ranked Raiders (14-3 overall, 3-2 CCC), who went scoreless in the final four minutes.

His last 3-pointer — which was one of five in the second half, almost all of the contested variety — tied the game at 71-all with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to go. Spencer Coleman's layup at the end of the shot clock gave the Beacons (10-4, 4-0) the lead with 1:49 left, and Travis Pacos hit a jumper with 15 seconds left to seal it.

The Raiders led by as many as nine points in the first half and 46-43 at halftime, but there were nine lead changes and six ties in the second frame. Kyle Tedder's sixth 3-pointer gave SOU its last lead and Byrd didn't waste any time answering.

Tedder finished with 18 points. Eric Thompson went 8-for-14 with 21 points and six rebounds to pace the Raiders, Jordan West scored 15 off the bench and David Sturner was plagued by foul trouble but tallied seven points and 11 rebounds.

The loss spoiled a career moment for point guard Jeff Bush, who, with his fourth assist in the first half, broke Scottie Silva's SOU record of 426 — established in 1996. Bush finished the night with eight assists, six points and six rebounds.

The Raiders host Corban at 7:30 tonight.

Women's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 89, NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 75 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon needed and got one of its best shooting nights of the season to hold off Northwest Christian squad at Bob Riehm Arena.

Point guard Ashley Claussen played the part of conductor, posting season-bests of 20 points and 10 assists in leading the 17th-ranked Raiders (14-3 overall, 3-2 Cascade Conference) to 53.8-percent shooting (35-for-65) from the field.

Kristen Schoenherr had 15 points, eight assists and two steals, and her jumper seven minutes into the game gave SOU the lead for good. Autumn Durand finished with career-highs in rebounds (11) and assists (four) to go with nine points.

Carly Meister (17 points), Bree Park (12) and Cambie Edwards (10) also got into the act for SOU.

Northwest Christian (3-9, 0-4) never got closer than four in the second half but had it down to eight with four minutes, 15 seconds left. A couple of Claussen free throws on the ensuing possession put the Raiders up by double digits, 78-68, for good.

Claussen got hot early, making all four of her shots in the first half. Her four-point play with 4:08 left in the period gave the Raiders their biggest lead, 41-31. The Raiders went 21-for-35 before halftime, including 6-for-11 from 3-point range.

Park hit three of those 3-pointers and had four in the game.

SOU assisted 26 of its 35 buckets, and Schoenherr's eight were also a season high.

She recorded four of them on the Raiders' first four baskets, all of which were put in by Meister.

The backcourt duo of Allie Kelsey and Hannah Frederick led the way for the Beacons. Frederick registered 13 points, eight assists and six rebounds, and Kelsey had 16 points and five boards. Chandler Gabrio and Andrea Glass scored 11 apiece inside.

The Beacons' 15 offensive rebounds to SOU's 10 kept them in it despite 20 turnovers.

SOU's shopping percentage was its second-highest this season. On six different occasions the Raiders have been better than 50 percent.