Courtesy: Southern Oregon University Athletics
ASHLAND, Ore. – The Corban men’s basketball couldn’t keep up the 3-point pace it set early Saturday night. Southern Oregon University did.
The result was SOU’s 84-64 Cascade Conference win at Bob Riehm Arena, sparked by 14 makes out of 31 tries from downtown. Eric Thompson hit four of them on his way to 23 points and eight rebounds, Kyle Tedder hit three for 13 points, and Jeff Bush handed out 11 assists with six points and no turnovers.
The second-ranked Raiders (15-3 overall, 4-2 CCC) led 60-56 until Justin Martin’s triple with 10 minutes, 36 seconds left started a 9-0 run that included a Dex Daum 3-pointer and ended with Bush’s fastbreak layup.
Martin, a Crater High product, went 3-for-4 from outside against Corban’s zone defense in a season-high 17 minutes off the bench. His 3-point percentage stands at 69.2 (18-for-26).
“We were very happy with how our bench played tonight,” SOU coach Brian McDermott said. “It hadn’t been all that stellar lately but we got some really good minutes out it.”
The Warriors (6-8, 2-3) were similarly hot from downtown early, drilling eight of 13 attempts in the first 14 minutes. However, the rest of the way they went 3-for-15.
“Kind of like we thought, this league’s pretty good; there are good players all over the place and they seem to like shooting in our gym,” McDermott said. “But I was really happy with, as well as they shot it early in the game, how well we stuck with it defensively.”
Jordan Carter had 19 points, four rebounds and three assists for Corban. Cyrus Ward went 5-for-7 with 10 points and four rebounds, and Josiah Sebens contributed seven points and eight boards.
The lead changed 10 times, but never after halftime, when Southern Oregon led 44-39.
SOU shot 29-for-57 overall from the field, surpassing 50 percent for the 10th time this season but the first time in five games. David Sturner went 5-for-10 with 12 points and eight rebounds, and Tim Weber was 2-for-4 from 3-point range with 10 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Thompson, who went 8-for-15, has hit the 20-point mark 10 times this season. He did it nine times all of last year.
The Raiders resume CCC play in Washington next Friday and Saturday at Evergreen and 17th-ranked Northwest.