The Southern Oregon University men’s basketball team picked up a win and a loss this weekend against two tough opponents. The Raiders (16-8, 8-5), who will host Oregon Tech on Feb 2nd, started off the pair of home games with a 97-82 win over the 6th ranked Warner Pacific Knights (18-6, 9-3) Friday night in Ashland.
Kyle Tedder led all scoring for the Raiders with 24 points, 18 of them off of three pointers. David Sturner was also an offensive force adding 21 points and 15 rebounds. Leading the Knights was Stephen Harris, the game’s leading scorer, with 30 points.
One of the keys to the Raiders’ victory was their success from behind the arc. At one point in the game they made nine consecutive threes. The Raiders finished making 16-of-28 three-pointers, a whopping 57 percent. They also dominated the Knights on the glass, winning the rebound battle 38 ato 25.
On Saturday, however, the Raiders were not as successful against a sturdy Concordia squad. The Cavaliers (12-10, 6-6) got the best of the Raiders, clinching an 83-75 win Saturday night.
Kyle Tedder once again led the Raiders in scoring with 19 points, while David Sturner and Tim Weber contributed 13 and 12 points, respectively. On the Concordia side, Willy Ligon was the game’s top scorer, putting up 29 points. The Cavaliers also benefitted greatly from the effort of Adam Herman, who added 27 points and 11 rebounds.
Southern Oregon went into the halftime break with a 34-31 advantage, but lost their lead late in the second half when the Cavaliers got hot and extended their largest lead of the night to nine with 1:45 to play. The Raiders percentage from downtown significantly decreased from the previous night. They finished making 9-of-26 three-point attempts, nearly 35 percent, down 22 percent from Friday night.
With the season winding down, the Raiders will look to increase their chances of a home conference tournament game next Saturday night when they host the Oregon Tech Owls, a team the Raiders have already beaten at home this year.