SOU men stay hot, open league play with clutch road win

Jordan Highland and Dex Daum both turned in career nights as the Southern Oregon men opened up Cascade Conference play with an 85-79 victory over Concordia Friday in Portland.

Southern Oregon improved to 7-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Raiders travel to Warner Pacific tomorrow night. Concordia dropped to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in conference.

Both Highland and Daum played all 40 minutes in the game. Highland finished with 31 points on 13 of 16 shooting and also had 10 rebounds. Daum had 29 points on 11 of 15 shooting, including a 6-for-8 effort from beyond the 3-point line.

Adam Herman led Concordia with 23 points.

It was Daum who brought the Raiders back in the first half. A steal and layup by the red-shirt freshman and then a 3-pointer helped turn a 29-19 Concordia lead into a 30-29 SOU advantage.

Highland hit a pair of free throws as SOU led 33-29 at the half, despite the fact that Concordia shot 65 percent in the first 20 minutes.

In the second half, it was Daum and Highland who helped get the Raiders out of the gate. Daum hit a pair of 3-pointers and Highland had a pair of layups to help give SOU a 49-38 lead with about 15 minutes to play in the game.

Concordia trimmed the lead to two before again a 3-pointer by Daum and a layup by Highland had the Raiders up 56-51.

The Cavs continued to hang around and tied the game at 70-70 with 3:59 to play, but back-to-back buckets by Scott Tiefenthaler gave the Raiders the lead for good.

SOU shot 64 percent from the field in the first half.

Women's Basketball

Courtney May's 3-pointer with 29 seconds to play held off Southern Oregon's upset bid as 19th-ranked Concordia scored a 66-64 victory Friday night in Portland. Concordia improved to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in Cascade Conference play. Southern Oregon dropped to 5-5 overall and 0-1 in conference play. The Raiders travel to Warner Pacific tonight.

Danielle Clauson led Concordia with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

Scott led SOU with 14 points, while Alexi Smith and Josi McDermott both had 10 points. SOU committed 23 turnovers in the game, while Concordia turned the ball over just seven times.

In the first half, Smith hit a pair of free throws midway through the period to give the Raiders a 15-14 lead the guests were off and running.

A bucket by Smith pushed the SOU advantage to 22-16 and the Raiders scored seven of the final nine points to give the Raiders a 37-26 halftime lead.

Concordia came back in the second half as back-to-back baskets by Clauson tied the game at 56-56. A basket by Gabi Beyer gave the Cavs their first lead of the second half at 60-58 with under four minutes to play.

Free throws by Scott and a layup by Nicole Mowbray gave SOU the lead again at 62-60.

Mowbray hit another layup after a still for a 64-60 lead with almost a minute to play.

Clauson answered with 55 seconds to play to cut the lead to two at 64-62 and May buried a 3 to give Concordia the lead at 65-64. May added a free throw last for the final margin.

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