Second-half flurry helps Corban men fend off Southern Oregon

Sophomore Jordan Carter and senior Erik Cronrath combined to score 55 points on 14-for-24 shooting as Corban's men's basketball team upset Southern Oregon, 91-78, Friday at the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center at Salem.

The win, coupled with a loss by Concordia, wraps up at least the No. 6-seed in next week's Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament for the Warriors (17-12, 9-8 Cascade). Meanwhile, Southern Oregon (16-13, 9-8) falls into a two-way tie with the Warriors for fifth place.

Carter led all players with a game- and career-high 35 points on 9-for-15 shooting from the field to go along with a 12-for-13 performance at the free throw line, while Cronrath added 20 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field and 10-for-12 at the free throw line.

Also for Corban, junior Jacob Kopra scored in double figures with 15 points. On the boards, Carter grabbed a team-high six rebounds to go along with a team-best tying five assists. Senior James Green led the Warriors' reserves with seven points, while senior Jake Mauermann and sophomore Josiah Sebens aided the scoring output with five points each.

Five SOU players scored in double figures led by Kyle Tedder's team-high 18 points, while Eric Thompson, Taylor Roos, Terriel Thomas, and Jordan Highland added 11, 11, 11, and 10 points, respectively. Thomas came off the Raiders' bench to grab a game-high eight rebounds, while SOU reserve Joe White dished out a game-high six assists.

Southern Oregon used a 7-0 run over the opening three minutes of the second half to pull within seven points thanks to a fastbreak lay-in by Thompson with 17:23 to go. Corban responded with a 25-10 run over a span of 10 minutes to grab its largest lead of the game, 73-49, on a lay-in by senior Brelin Powell with seven-and-a-half minutes to go.

Over the final five minutes, Southern Oregon began to use its long distance shooting to pull within single digits (87-78) before timely free throw shooting down the stretch by Corban sealed the deal for the Warriors.

Women's Basketball

Senior Shayla Fetters scored a game-high 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting from the field, including four 3-pointers, as No. 10 Corban took one step closer to its third Cascade Collegiate Conference regular season title Friday with a 78-64 win over Southern Oregon inside the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.

With the victory and a loss by Warner Pacific, Corban (20-6, 14-3 CCC) moves one game ahead of the Knights and The College of Idaho for first place in the conference.

Tonight's win also marks the first time since the 2006-07 season that the Warriors have won at least 20 games in a season.

Meanwhile, Southern Oregon fell to 14-14 overall and 5-12 in league action.

Along with Fetters, junior Tess Bennett and senior Katie Steigleman also scored in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively. The Warriors' other two starters — junior Emily Tsugawa and freshman Tara Vanweerdhuizen — both added nine points, while Tsugawa dished out a game-high 12 assists and Vanweerhuizen blocked five shots to go along with a game-high 10 rebounds.

Southern Oregon was led in scoring by Cassandra Tiggett with 13 points off the bench, while RaTanya Newsome added 12 points. Tiggett also pulled down a team-high seven rebounds for the Raiders, while Newsome and Gigi Glogovac handed out three assists each.

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