No. 17 SOU men fall to No. 10 Hope
FULLERTON, Calif. — The 17th-ranked Southern Oregon men’s basketball team couldn’t come up with answers quick enough to slow down Hope International in a 70-55 loss Friday to the 10th-ranked team in NAIA Division I.
The Lions (2-0) added to an eight-point halftime lead with 11-for-22 shooting in the second half. They were led by Matt Green’s 21 points, Kenny Morgan’s 12 and Tuff Barnes’ 11 off the bench.
Eric Thompson scored 20 points for the Raiders (3-1), bringing him to within 16 of Shea Washington’s school record total of 1,910. Tim Weber had 15 points on 6-for-9 shooting and Jordan West added 12.
Thompson’s only 3-pointer tied the game at 22-all at the seven-minute mark in the first half before SOU unraveled. Hope went on a 15-7 run to end the frame and led by as many as 19 in the second half.
SOU’s struggles were rooted in a 3-for-16 showing from 3-point range and a 14-for-24 effort at the line.
The Raiders play at 1 today against Arizona Christian, ranked 17th in NAIA Division I, in the Hope tournament.
CONCORDIA 3, SOU 2: At Portland, Concordia exacted revenge on 13th-ranked Southern Oregon, winning the final three sets for a 24-26, 17-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-9 Cascade Conference tournament semifinal victory at Warner Pacific.
The 24th-ranked Cavaliers (19-8), who were the No. 3 seed in the tournament, had four players with double-digit kill totals: Lindsey Dorsey (16), Brenna Huwe (12), Brianna Hogan (11) and Ashley Jibbey. They’ll be in the CCC championship match today.
SOU (23-4) attacked at averages of .095 in the third set, .086 in the fourth and negative-.065 in the fifth after hitting .253 in the first two.
The Raiders, who shared the regular season CCC title with EOU, are still likely to be included in the NAIA playoff field. The final NAIA top-25 poll is due out Sunday and the first-round pairings on Monday.
Friday’s match was scheduled to be played in La Grande, but a winter storm kept the teams in Portland.
Motade Atanda had 16 kills and 15 digs, Paulla Pinheiro had 15 kills and 15 digs, and Sam Boehnke chipped in 13 kills and four blocks for the Raiders.