CALDWELL, Idaho — Southern Oregon shrugged off some early sloppiness and pulled away from The College of Idaho, 70-62, to stay perfect on the road Friday night at the J.A. Albertson Center.
The Raiders (25-2 overall, 17-2 Cascade Conference) committed nine first-quarter turnovers and trailed 16-3 just five minutes into the game before getting cleaned up, using Remi Mejia's 17 points and Toria Bradford's 15 to win their fifth straight overall and 13th straight on the road.
Mejia's 3-pointer with four minutes left in the third put the Raiders up for good, 46-43. They retained the three-point edge heading into the fourth, which Bradford started with back-to-back uncontested fast-break layups off of steals. The Yotes (10-15, 10-9) went on to turn the ball over six more times in the period, and Ariel Augustine wielded the dagger with a 3-pointer after Bradford's steal to make it 67-58 with a minute left.
Bradford and Kenadee Honaker both collected five steals, and Bradford also had five assists. Augustine and Mejia both hit 3-of-6 3-pointers, and Augustine's led to 13 points. Syd'Nee Fryer chipped in eight and five rebounds off the bench, going 4-of-5 to help SOU shoot 47 percent (29-of-62).
The Raiders are locked into the No. 2 seed in the CCC tournament going into tonight's regular-season finale at sixth-ranked Eastern Oregon, which remained undefeated and clinched the outright title by defeating Oregon Tech. The Mountaineers and Raiders will tip off at 5:30 p.m.
Jocelyn Cook-Cox's 17 points led the Yotes, whose winning streak was snapped at six games. They've now lost 12 straight against SOU.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 66, SOUTHERN OREGON 50: The fourth-ranked College of Idaho avenged its only Cascade Conference loss by slowing down Southern Oregon in a 66-50 win Friday night at the J.A. Albertson Center, its 17th straight in CCC play.
The Raiders' season-low offensive output was the product of 36-percent shooting against a lengthy matchup-zone defense that the Yotes have used to rank second in the NAIA in points allowed. Ben DeSaulnier's jumper inside trimmed C of I's lead to eight points with four minutes to play, but SOU went scoreless the rest of the way.
The Raiders (19-10 overall, 13-6 CCC) can still land anywhere from the No. 2 to 5 seed in the conference tournament with one regular-season game to go, 7:30 p.m. tonight at No. 21 Eastern Oregon.
The Yotes (24-5, 18-1), who clinched the title last week, remained perfect at in conference home games and have won their last eight by double figures. Senior forward Aziz Leeks controlled the paint defensively and finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and forward Nate Bruneel had 18 points and three steals.
Tate Hoffman's 16 points on 7-of-11 shooting and six rebounds paced SOU, but he was the only Raider to shoot over 50 percent from the field. The first time around against the Yotes, in a 100-93 win, SOU hit at a 57-percent clip.