Courtesy: Southern Oregon University Athletics
ASHLAND, Ore. – The Warner Pacific Knights had the remedy for Kyle Tedder’s recent shooting struggles in the form of their zone defense.
Tedder, the Southern Oregon men’s basketball team’s senior guard, took advantage of his numerous outside looks Saturday night as usual against the Knights. He scored 22 points, knocking down six 3-pointers in helping the third-ranked Raiders to a 95-67 Cascade Conference win at Bob Riehm Arena.
When SOU’s lead was cut from 20 points down to 54-40 with 12 minutes remaining, Tedder went on a personal 12-2 run with four straight 3s. Jeff Bush capped the run with seven straight points to put the Raiders up by 31.
The Raiders (11-1 overall, 2-0 CCC), winners of nine straight, handed the Knights (4-8, 0-2) their worst loss since defeating them 77-46 on Dec. 4, 2010. The game didn’t come close to touching the drama of last year’s conference tournament championship and marked the end of a disappointing opening weekend for WPC, which was picked in the preseason to finish second in the CCC.
So dominant lately, SOU’s frontcourt was able to take something of a backseat. Bush, a senior point guard, tallied 16 points and five assists, and Tim Weber had eight points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Eric Thompson (14 points, 14 rebounds) and David Sturner (14 points, eight rebounds) still got in on the action, however.
Warner Pacific, on the other hand, went 7-for-37 from long range and shot 31.2 percent from the field overall (24-for-77).
“We continue to improve defensively, lately by leaps and bound,” SOU coach Brian McDermott said. “Our perimeter guys did a really nice job of forcing them into tough looks, and until the end they didn’t get anything free inside, either.”
SOU went 12-for-30 from the 3-point line, making nine of those in the second half. Bush had a pair, as did Justin Martin (Central Point, Ore./Crater).
Tedder, SOU’s all-time 3-point leader, had been relatively quiet leading up to the weekend, going 10-for-41 from outside in the last seven nonleague games. He made a couple in Friday’s win against No. 13 Concordia, though, scoring 12 points, and made half of his 3s Saturday while going 8-for-14 overall.
In Tedder’s last seven games against the Knights, he has 30 triples and average of 17.7 points.
SOU shot 33-for-64 as a team with 24 assists.
“We did a nice job attacking the zone,” McDermott said, “we just didn’t make as many shots in the first half as we did in the second.”
The Raiders will stay home for a nonleague game next Saturday against California Maritime before returning to conference play on Dec. 20-21 at Eastern Oregon and College of Idaho.