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Raiders rebound, knock off Eastern Oregon

ASHLAND — Spent from Friday night's double-overtime loss and without its best stuff from outside, the Southern Oregon men's basketball team had to grind out a mostly ugly, 80-65 victory over Eastern Oregon on Saturday night at Bob Riehm Arena.

Jeff Bush, a night after posting the third-highest single-game assist total in SOU history (14), scored a game-high 18 points and tacked on seven rebounds and five assists. David Sturner added his 13th double-double of the season, totaling 12 points and 14 rebounds.

The ninth-ranked Raiders (18-5 overall, 7-4 Cascade Conference) didn't take the lead for good until Eric Thompson scored in the paint with 18:45 remaining. They made 17 of 18 free throws in the final 12 minutes to hold the Mountaineers (12-9, 3-8) back.

Thompson labored through a tough shooting night (4-for-13) to register 13 points and nine rebounds. SOU, which came into the night with the third-most 3-pointers in the country, went 3-for-14 from downtown but made six of their last seven from the field to finish 26-for-55.

The outside accuracy of the Mountaineers, on the other hand, kept them in it. In the first meeting between the teams, which SOU won 83-60, the Mountaineers went 3-for-25 from downtown, but this time they canned 11 on 24 tries.

Craig Tucker went 4-for-7 from 3-point range, scoring 16 points off the bench. Tony Eackles had a team-best 17 points, and Deonta Edwards and Trevor Phillips scored 10 apiece.

Women's Basketball

EASTERN OREGON 89, SOU 80 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon's nine-point halftime lead evaporated in a hurry, and with it the Raiders' upset bid of the 14th-ranked Mountaineers.

Eastern Oregon trailed by six, then scored 20 unanswered points. Former South Medford star Brittany Newcomb scored 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the charge.

Kristen Schoenherr's career night of 32 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists turned out to be for naught for the Raiders, who slipped to 17-6 overall and 6-5 in the Cascade Conference. Schoenherr scored 18 in the first half for the second straight night.

Eastern Oregon, which has a two-game lead in first place, improved to 18-5 and 10-1.

Schoenherr's 3-pointer put SOU up 55-49 at the 16:25 mark. Newcomb answered with a 3 of her own on Eastern's ensuing possession to start the run, during which she scored 14 points.

The Mountaineer backcourt also got 16 points out of Maloree Ross and 14 from Nicole Redd, who went a combined 14-for-19 from the field and helped limit EOU's turnover total to six.

Raider post Carly Meister finished with a double-double (19 points, 10 rebounds), scoring 15 points in the first half and SOU's first 11 of the game.

Allison Gida registered 13 points and five rebounds, and Ashley Claussen had six points, six assists and four rebounds.

Eastern Oregon hasn't lost consecutive CCC games since February 2012.

Schoenherr went 10-for-15 from the field — her eighth straight game with at least four field goals and a shooting percentage of better than 50. She's 57-for-93 (61.3 percent) during the stretch, and has been in double figures 20 straight contests.