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SOU men's basketball team named Adidas Team of the Week

The Southern Oregon University men's basketball team has been named the Adidas Team of the Week for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 6, the Cascade Collegiate Conference announced Monday.

The 13th-ranked Raiders (9-2, 2-0 CCC) had two come from behind victories over Corban on Saturday and Northwest Christian on Sunday.

Southern Oregon trailed Corban by six points with 20 seconds remaining in regulation before Kenny Meyer drained a 3-pointer, Clay Sierra stole the ball and Joel Spear hit a 3 with four seconds to go to send the game to overtime. The Raiders trailed by one late in OT when Jordan West sank a 3 with three seconds to go to give SOU the improbable victory.

On Sunday, SOU trailed Northwest Christian by eight at halftime but stormed back behind guards Joel Spear Ben DeSaulnier, who scored 16 points apiece in the second half of the Raiders' eventual 80-75 win.

Southern Oregon will play a nonconference game against Cal-State Maritime on Dec.12 and returns to CCC action Dec. 19-20 at Evergreen and Northwest.

College Football

The Southern Oregon University athletic department is seeking donations to help cover the team's trip to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the NAIA FCS national championship game, Dec. 19.

In a message to the team's fans shared on souraiders.com and on social media Monday, SOU athletic director Matt Sayre said the cost of the team's two playoff road trips, including last week's flight to Sioux City, Iowa for the semifinal game against No. 1 Morningside, have been considerable and that the department's budget is "tapped."

"National travel on this scale is expensive," read Sayre's statement. "Charter planes can cost up to $200,000 each. So far, the flights alone for this season's playoff run have totaled $300,000. There is hope the NAIA will reimburse some of our costs, but even so, with hotels and food alone, this run has tapped our postseason travel budget.

"We need help from you to get our boys back as they pursue another National Championship. Our goal is to raise $200,000 to cover the cost of the charter and other expenses."

The message went on to state that Sid and Karen DeBoer have already donated $10,000 to the cause and listed three options for fans interested in making a donation: online through SOU Foundation, by check (payable to the SOU Foundation Raider Club) or by contacting Natasha Ford at fordn1@sou.edu or 541-552-6773.

For more information go to souraiders.com.