Beacons stun No. 2 Raiders

Javonte Byrd introduced himself to the Cascade Conference with 35 points Friday night against Southern Oregon University, lifting Northwest Christian to a 75-71 upset at Bob Riehm Arena that kept the Beacons in first place.

Byrd, a sophomore point guard, had only been eligible for three games prior to this one and was 2-for-12 from 3-point range. He went 9-for-12 from outside against the second-ranked Raiders (14-3 overall, 3-2 CCC), who went scoreless in the final four minutes.

His last 3-pointer — which was one of five in the second half, almost all of the contested variety — tied the game at 71-all with 3 minutes, 30 seconds to go. Spencer Coleman's layup at the end of the shot clock gave the Beacons (10-4, 4-0) the lead with 1:49 left, and Travis Pacos hit a jumper with 15 seconds left to seal it.

The Raiders led by as many as nine points in the first half and 46-43 at halftime, but there were nine lead changes and six ties in the second frame. Kyle Tedder's sixth 3-pointer gave SOU its last lead and Byrd didn't waste any time answering.

Tedder finished with 18 points. Eric Thompson went 8-for-14 with 21 points and six rebounds to pace the Raiders, Jordan West scored 15 off the bench and David Sturner was plagued by foul trouble but tallied seven points and 11 rebounds.

The loss spoiled a career moment for point guard Jeff Bush, who, with his fourth assist in the first half, broke Scottie Silva's SOU record of 426 — established in 1996. Bush finished the night with eight assists, six points and six rebounds.

But the night belonged to Byrd and the Beacons, who also got solid production from University of Oregon transfers Coleton Baker (15 points, five rebounds) and Austin Kuemper (11 points, 10 rebounds). Coleman, a transfer from University of Montana, had 12 points and five boards.

The Raiders will try to rebound today when they host Corban at 7:30 p.m. The Warriors (6-7, 2-2) lost 77-57 at Oregon Tech on Friday.

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