ASHLAND , Ore. - A nationally-ranked Saturday night men's basketball matchup lived up to its billing as No. 22 Northwest upset No. 14 Southern Oregon 82-73 in Cascade Collegiate Conference men's basketball action at Bob Riehm Arena.
Northwest improves to 17-4 overall and 7-2 in conference play with the victory, while Southern Oregon falls to 15-5 overall and 7-2 in the CCC. The Raiders return to action Friday, when they will take on College of Idaho on the road at 7:30 p.m. MST.
Three 20-point scorers led Northwest, as Ryan McIntosh finished with a game-high 23 points and Ryan Dornik and Michael Greene each added 22. Greene posted a double-double with 10 rebounds as Northwest outrebounded the Raiders 33-27 in the game.
Eric Thompson (Roseburg, Ore./Roseburg) and David Sturner (Philomath, Ore./Philomath) each totaled 15 points to lead Southern Oregon, with Terriel Thomas (Boise, Idaho/Borah) tallying 11 points and Kyle Tedder (Coos Bay, Ore./Marshfield) and Tim Weber (Roseburg, Ore./Roseburg) each adding 10. The Raiders made 92.9 percent (13-of-14) of their shots at the free throw line in the game, while Northwest used a strong charity stripe performance of its own (21-of-24) to pull away late for the victory.
Northwest made seven of its first eight shot attempts and connected on 58.3 percent (14-of-24) of its shots in the first half as the Eagles jumped ahead to a 21-9 lead eight minutes into the game. Southern Oregon worked its way back over a six-minute stretch, sparked by a Thomas three-pointer and capped by a Sturner layup that made it 26-25 with 6:01 to go in the first half. The Raiders finally tied it up at 33-33 on a three-pointer by Thompson in the final two minutes of the period, and the hosts trailed 37-35 at the halftime break.
It took more than four minutes of play in the second half before a trey by Weber gave the Raiders their first lead of the game at 46-45. The teams stuck close the rest of the way, with the Raiders taking their largest lead of the contest when Jeff Bush (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) made a jumper to put SOU up 61-54 with eight minutes remaining.
Northwest responded with a pair of free throws followed by a McIntosh three-pointer to quickly pull back to within two, although the Eagles did not regain the lead until a Greene layup made it 69-68 with 2:12 to play. Sturner responded with a pair of free throws, but the final 80 seconds were all about the Eagles. Dornik, Greene and McIntosh combined to make 13 of 14 free throws in the closing moments as the Eagles closed out the upset victory.