No. 12 Southern Oregon rallied from a 10-point second-half deficit to gain a hard-fought 85-83 nonconference win over William Jessup, Wednesday night at Bob Riehm Arena.
Southern Oregon improves to 13-4 overall with the win, while William Jessup falls to 1-14 this season. The Raiders return to action Saturday, when they will travel to Klamath Falls to take on archrival Oregon Tech in a Cascade Collegiate Conference game at 7:30 p.m.
Eric Thompson led SOU with 24 points, while Kyle Tedder connected on 5 of 6 3-point attempts to add 17 points. David Sturner and Tim Weber each finished with 10 points apiece as the Raiders shot 55.4 percent (31 of 56) in the win.
Jordan Wilson finished with a game-high 28 points to go with 10 rebounds, going 12-for-19 in the game for the Warriors. Keenan Prince added 22, while Kevin Stanley finished with 15 points.
The first half was all offense on both sides, as Southern Oregon connected on 60 percent of its shots (18 of 30) and William Jessup shot 54.3 percent (19-of 35). The opening period featured three tie scores and six lead changes as the Raiders took a slim 46-45 advantage into the break.
William Jessup took advantage of some SOU turnover and shooting struggles early in the second half to claim its largest lead of the game when a Wilson layup put the Warriors up 62-52 with 13:03 to play. At that point, Southern Oregon had not made a basket in 4:30, since a Sturner layup had given the Raiders a 52-50 advantage.
Tedder snapped the drought a minute later when he hit a 3 to spark a seven-point SOU run that brought the Raiders within one possession of the Warriors. A few minutes later a pair of Sturner free throws tied the game at 66 apiece and reclaimed a one-point SOU lead.
Southern Oregon used an 11-3 run down the stretch to take an eight-point lead with 2:10 to play, but William Jessup scored the next five points to make it 81-78 in the final minute. Tedder and Thompson made four free throws in the final minute.