ASHLAND — The Simpson Redhawks just can't keep themselves out of the Southern Oregon University men's basketball team's record book.
The fourth-ranked Raiders beat Simpson 128-95 Monday night at Bob Arena, establishing their fifth-highest point total in program history. The top four outputs also came at the expense of the Redhawks.
The Raiders (2-0 overall) got another standout performance from their front-court tandem as Eric Thompson went for 27 points, eight rebounds and four assists and David Sturner had 23 points and 15 boards. Those two shot a combined 17-for-26 to guide SOU to a team shooting percentage of 63.9 (46-for-72).
Kyle Tedder needed just one 3-pointer to break Ryan Harbert's career SOU record of 220 but hit six in the first half while converting 8 of 10 field-goal attempts overall. He didn't put up a shot after halftime, finishing with 23 points.
Jeff Bush (11 assists, four rebounds), Tim Weber (14 points, three 3-pointers, four assists) and Jordan West (10 points, 5-for-5) were among the others who got into the act. Thirty-five of SOU's buckets were assisted.
SOU — which shot 16-for-30 from outside and 20-for-22 from the foul line — went into halftime with a 62-45 advantage and went on a 20-7 run in the first four minutes of the second stanza.
The Redhawks (0-1) were able to keep pace to some extent in the first half thanks to 18-for-34 shooting. Dalton Thacker paced five players in double figures with 19 points and five assists.
SOU set its all-time scoring record in 1992 against Simpson by a score of 152-68.
The Raiders will now head to southern California for games Friday and Saturday against Golden State Athletic Conference foes Westmont and The Master's.
BOISE STATE 95, SOUTHERN OREGON 58 — At Boise, Idaho, Southern Oregon University went down in an exhibition contest.
Kayla Reinhart scored 25 points on 10-for-13 shooting off the bench for the Broncos, who belong to the Mountain West Conference. Keiahnna Engel posted 16 points and five assists.
Bree Park nailed three 3-pointers off the bench for SOU, but the Raiders were held to 25.7-percent shooting (19-for-74). Brenna Anderson pulled in 10 rebounds, Autumn Durand had eight points and Ashley Claussen recorded six points and five assists.
SOU had 32 turnovers but also forced the Broncos into 23.
MEISTER HONORED — The strong start by Southern Oregon University's Carly Meister was recognized Monday by the Cascade Collegiate Conference, which named her the first women's basketball player of the week of the 2013-14 season.
Meister, a sophomore forward, went for 16 points and 11 rebounds Friday against Cal Maritime and 16 points and six rebounds Saturday against Pacific Union. She threw in three blocks, and the Raiders won both games while averaging 100 points.
Meister was the CCC's co-freshman of the year last season but never landed the weekly honor.
The Raiders have now won seven straight season-openers.
On Friday and Saturday, they play back-to-back games at Arizona Christian in Phoenix.
SOU HOSTS PLAYOFF — The Southern Oregon soccer team will be on its home grass when the six-team Cascade Collegiate Conference playoffs begin at 2 p.m. on Wednesday against the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers.
The Raiders (9-5-3, 5-3-1 CCC) had a shot at the No. 2 seed and a bye to the semifinals but dipped to No. 4 with a 1-0 loss in their regular-season finale Saturday at Northwest University. The Mountaineers (9-4-1, 5-4-0) defeated College of Idaho 2-0 to claim the fifth spot.
Oregon Tech, the No. 6 seed, plays at Northwest in Wednesday's other game. The lowest seed remaining after the first round will play at top-ranked Concordia on Saturday and the other survivor will be at second-seeded Corban.
The tournament champion will be awarded the CCC's only automatic bid to the 32-team national tournament, for which SOU has never qualified.
The Raiders defeated EOU 3-1 in La Grande on Oct. 10 in the teams' only meeting this season.
INTRASQUAD MOVED — Due to a scheduling conflict, the Southern Oregon University's annual season-opening Red & Black Intrasquad has moved been to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The event was originally planned for Wednesday, but the SOU women's soccer team will now host a Cascade Conference tournament match on that day.
The Raider wrestlers, who last season placed second nationally for the fourth time in five years, are ranked No. 8 in the NAIA preseason poll. Their first dual meet is at 7 p.m. Saturday against Menlo (Calif.) at Bob Riehm Arena.