Raiders stay hot with win over Warriors

Jordan Highland scored a game-high 20 points and Southern Oregon shot a sizzling 59 percent in the second half as the Raiders continued their hot start with a 66-48 win over William Jessup in the first day of the Flagship Inn Classic Friday at McNeal Pavilion.

SOU's fifth win in a row propelled the Raiders to 6-1 heading into tonight's Classic finale against Fresno Pacific, which upset ninth-ranked Oregon Tech Friday.

Highland hit 8 of 14 field goal attempts and also had four rebounds and four assists to lead the Raiders, while Kellen Hawley added 14 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Kyle Tedder added 12 points and Scott Tiefenthaler had a game-high 12 rebounds for SOU.

Marquis Robinson led the Warriors with 11 points.

Southern Oregon held a slim 32-28 lead at the half before finding its groove on both ends of the courts in the second half.

Offensively, the Raiders hit 13 of 22 shots in the second half to blow the game wide open, while holding the Warriors to 8-for-29 (27 percent).

SOU led by 10 with 11:18 to play then held the Warriors scoreless until the 5:49 mark. By then, the lead had grown to 57-42.

Fresno Pacific 70, Oregon Tech 62

Fresno Pacific University held Oregon Tech to 25 percent shooting to beat the ninth-ranked Owls in the first game of the Flagship Inn Classic at McNeal Pavilion.

Oregon Tech fell to 6-2 and will face William Jessup today, the final day of the Classic.

Oregon Tech's Joseph Foster scored a game-high 28 points to go with four rebounds and two assists, while teammate Kyle Gomez recorded a double-double 11 points and 13 rebounds in the loss. Brent Johnson had eight points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Matt Smith and Mihaljo Matic combined for 11 points.

It took the Owls almost six minutes to score, but it took just four more minutes to take a double digit lead, as Oregon Tech led by 11 points at the midway point of the first half.

Fresno Pacific tied the contest and eventually took a 30-27 advantage into intermission.

In the second half a Joseph Foster 3-pointer gave Oregon Tech a 41-40 advantage with about 15 minutes to play. That as the Owls' last lead of the game.

After a 44-44 tie, an eight-point run by Fresno Pacific proved to be the difference. The Owls climbed to within two points with five minutes remaining, 56-54, but Fresno fought off the rally to complete the upset.

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