Southern Oregon men storm back, lose in overtime

PORTLAND — Southern Oregon overcame an eight-point deficit in the final 28 seconds of regulation to force overtime, but No. 15 Warner Pacific held on for an 82-78 victory over the Raiders in the quarterfinals of the Cascade Conference men's basketball tournament Wednesday night at Bart Valentine Court.

Southern Oregon finished the season with a 17-13 overall record, while Warner Pacific improved to 23-7 and will travel to Kirkland, Wash., Saturday for a semifinal game against No. 2 seed Northwest.

Kyle Tedder tied a Southern Oregon record with nine 3-pointers in the game as he tallied a game-high 33 points. He drained 9 of 14 treys and 11 of 16 from the field overall in the contest. Freshman post Eric Thompson posted a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds and senior forward Jordan Highland added 10 points for the Raiders.

Biniam Tadele led Warner Pacific with 18 points and eight rebounds. Dane Johnson added 14 points and eight assists. Traevone Bowie finished with 13 points, Doug Thomas tallied 12 and William Sharp posted 10 in the win.

Southern Oregon held a 33-29 lead at halftime and led 50-42 with 10 minutes remaining before Warner Pacific used a 17-1 run to take a 59-58 lead into the final 35 seconds. The Raiders' offense came back to life at the end of regulation to force overtime, and SOU led by two points for most of the overtime period.

In a wild finish to the fourth quarter, Tedder hit a 3-pointer while being fouled with 28 seconds to go to cut the deficit to five, and Joe White rebounded Tedder's missed free throw and quickly scored to make it 66-63. Following a WPC free throw, Tedder sank another 3 while being fouled with 16 seconds left and made the and-one to tie the game at 67. The Knights missed two shots near the basket in the closing seconds and the game went into overtime.

Tedder opened the overtime period with a 3-pointer to put SOU up 70-67, but the Knights responded with a 4-1 run to tie it up at 71-71. White made a pair of free throws to put SOU back on top, but Tadele made a layup to tie it up again.

The Knights took their first lead of overtime with 1:10 to play when Tadele hit a trey to make it 76-75, and the hosts followed with three free throws to take a four-point lead with 21 seconds remaining. Tedder hit his ninth 3-pointer with 15 seconds to go to pull SOU within one, but Dane Johnson made a free throw and the Raiders turned the ball over twice in the closing seconds.

Tedder's long distance explosion ties a program record set by Lee Smith against Western Oregon on Jan. 30, 1993.

The loss marks the final game for the four SOU seniors: Highland, Sam Osofsky, White and Scott Tiefenthaler.

Southern Oregon shot 46.7 percent for the game (28 of 60), while the Knights hit 42 percent of their shots (29 of 69). The Raiders outrebounded WPC 48-36, but SOU finished with 27 turnovers while the Knights gave the ball away only 12 times.

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