EUGENE - A road trip that started with heartbreak ended on a high note for Southern Oregon with an 87-76 defeat of 25th-ranked Northwest Christian on Saturday night at the Morse Events Center.
A night after having a win stolen twice at Corban by game-tying, buzzer-beating 3-pointers, the Raiders (18-9 overall, 8-8 Cascade Conference) displayed some resilience in their first win on the Beacons' home court in six seasons. Senior guard Tristen Holmes played 49 minutes in the double-overtime loss and freshman Teron Bradford played 44, but they paved the way over NCU (18-9, 10-7) with 17 and 16 points, respectively - shooting a combined 14-of-20 and totaling 21 points in the second half.
The Raiders shot 55 percent from the field (35-of-64), their best clip in seven games. Tez Allen, Jordan Hunt and Tule O'Rourke scored 11 apiece.
The bench shouldered the load in the first half, as Aaron Borich poured in nine points and Conor Carroll had six points and seven rebounds. O'Rourke's 3-pointer before the halftime buzzer put the Raiders up 49-37 and they scored the first seven points of the second to stretch the lead to 19.
Behind Tyrus Hosley's 17 points, the Beacons made a late push and trimmed SOU's lead to 81-76 with 2:30 to play. Holmes pushed it back to seven points with a turnaround jumper in the paint, and the Raiders ended the game with six consecutive defensive stops.
The Beacons had been responsible for another devastating Raider loss, coming back from nine points down with 4:30 left for a 108-104 win in Ashland on Jan. 11.
NCU fell to 18-9 and 10-7 in the CCC.
The Raiders will finish the regular season at home next Friday and Saturday, hosting fourth-ranked College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon.