Raider men open playoffs tonight at Eastern

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon men's basketball team opens the Cascade Conference playoffs tonight at 11th-ranked Eastern Oregon in La Grande.

The seventh-seeded Raiders (14-15) and second-seeded Mountaineers (23-5) tip off at 7.

Southern Oregon enters the playoffs having dropped six of seven games, but they were in the past four games.

The Raiders fell in overtime to Evergreen State, lost to conference champion Oregon Tech by 10, dropped a heartbreaker to Warner Pacific by three and had a late comeback thwarted by Concordia in the regular season finale.

Junior Jordan Highland continues to be one of the most effective players in the Cascade Conference. Highland ranks third in the league in scoring at 15.8 per game and 11th in rebounding at 5.9 per game.

The Mountaineers rank sixth in the NAIA in scoring (84.9), lead the NAIA in 3-pointers per game (10.3) and are tied for ninth in 3-point percentage (.382).

Eastern Oregon has won seven straight games and swept the regular season series from SOU.


OREGON 4, HAWAII 3 — At Honolulu, senior right-hander Kellen Moen thwarted a late Hawaii rally by setting down Hawaii's last four hitters, and Oregon evened the series with the No. 30 Rainbows in Monday's game.

The contest, the last of a four-game set, was shortened to eight innings to accommodate the Ducks' travel plans. Hawaii won the first two games.

Trailing 4-3 in the seventh, Hawaii loaded the bases. Moen came on with two outs and induced a ground out. He then pitched a perfect eighth, striking out two.

Alex Keudell (1-0) earned the win for Oregon, scattering five hits over five innings but striking out nine.

Aaron Jones had two hits for Oregon, including a home run to start the game.

BOER HONORED — Oregon junior pitcher Madison Boer was named Pac-10 Conference pitcher of the week.

The Eden Prairie, Minn., native tossed eight innings in a 4-0 win over No. 30 Hawaii Sunday. He allowed one hit, struck out seven and walked two.

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