ASHLAND — College of Idaho controlled the tempo and hit enough free throws down the stretch to beat Southern Oregon 51-47 in Cascade Conference men's basketball Friday at Bob Riehm Arena.
Southern Oregon fell to 13-8, 6-4 in conference play while College of Idaho improved to 6-14 and 2-8. The Raiders return home tonight to host No. 10 Eastern Oregon.
Southern Oregon's Kyle Tedder finished with a team-high 16 points, while Eric Thompson added 13. For College of Idaho, Zach Peterson finished with a high of 16 points, going 3-of-5 from 3-point range.
Southern Oregon struggled from the field in the first half, scoring just 15 points on 4 of 14 shooting, including 6-for-11 from the free throw line.
College of Idaho also struggled from the field, connecting on 33 percent of its shots, but the Yotes were able to secure the lead going into halftime by scoring 11 of their 20 first-half points off SOU turnovers.
Southern Oregon stayed close to the Coyotes during the second half but never took the lead, as College of Idaho improved its shooting to 55 percent in the half. The Yotes also shot 5 of 9 from beyond the arc in the period.
The Yotes led by as many as 11 points, but the Raiders nearly pulled off the comeback, cutting the lead to three points with 20 seconds remaining.
SOU hurt its chances by connecting on just 20 of 32 free throws.
COLLEGE OF IDAHO 55, SOUTHERN OREGON 47 — At Ashland, Southern Oregon forward Kiara Moore had a season high point total, but it was not enough as the Raiders dropped a Cascade Conference tilt at Bob Riehm Arena.
The sophomore forward scored 13 and grabbed seven rebounds for the Raiders.
Southern Oregon fell to 12-9 overall and 3-7 in conference play and returns to Bob Riehm Arena tonight to face conference opponent Eastern Oregon. College of Idaho improved to 12-7 overall and 7-3 in the CCC.
Moore's 13 points led Southern Oregon, while Nalani Hernandez added 10.
College of Idaho was led by guard Felicity Jones, who put up 18 points on 8 of 16 shooting, while Tina Fakahafua had nine points and Kylie Hardison 10.
Both teams struggled from the field, with Southern Oregon shooting only 36 percent and C of I 26 percent.
College of Idaho used a crucial 10-0 run with 14 minutes left in the game to gain a double-digit lead over the Raiders.