ASHLAND, Ore. – Every time Eastern Oregon seemed like it was pulling away, Southern Oregon came back with a run of their own. The final run belonged to the Raiders, however, as a late steal led to a fast break. Kyle Tedder’s layup with under 17 seconds left gave SOU a four-point lead and essentially sealed the win.
The Mountaineers began Friday night undefeated and ranked second in the nation, but Southern Oregon showed why they are also ranked in the top 15 (SOU entered the game at #12). Despite shooting under 33% in the first half, the Raiders played their best defense of the season in limiting the high-flying Mountaineers to only 25 points and 2-10 from 3-point range. Eric Thompson recovered from scoring only four points in the first half to finishing with 15 points and five rebounds. Tedder tallied 21 points in the win as well.
“I think it’s a sign of a team that’s maturing,” head coach Brian McDermott said. “Every time there was a bell to answer, we answered it.”
The Raiders will host the College of Idaho Saturday night at 7:30 pm.