KLAMATH FALLS — Jeff Bush recorded 18 points and eight assists and helped the fourth-ranked Southern Oregon men's basketball team carve up Westminster in a 77-63 win Friday afternoon at the Midland Empire Classic.
Bush went 6-for-6 from the field, leading the Raiders (4-1 overall) to 50.8-percent shooting (31-for-61) as a team. David Sturner went 8-for-11 on his way to 19 points, 11 of which came in the second half, and added seven rebounds.
Westminster (4-3), an NAIA Division I school from Utah that competes in the Frontier Conference, came into the game shooting 26 percent from 3-point range and stayed cold outside, converting 2 of 14 attempts. The Griffins were led by 16 points apiece from Tallon Robertson and Blake Skidmore while Jordan Pryor had 11.
Jordan West came off the bench to score 13 points for SOU, going 3-for-4 from downtown. Twenty-one of SOU's 31 buckets were assisted as Tim Weber complemented Bush's effort with five assists to go with nine points and five boards. Kyle Tedder chipped in 11 points and four assists.
Bush made both of his 3-pointers in the second half, where the Raiders opened up a lead that was just four at halftime. In his last two games, Bush is 11-for-12 from the field with 17 assists.
SOU 80, WILLIAM JESSUP 72 — At Klamath Falls, minus two of their top scorers in the backcourt, Southern Oregon University turned to its frontcourt standout in win at the Midland Empire Classic.
Carly Meister controlled the paint with career-highs of 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Raiders (6-1 overall), going 12-for-18 from the field. Allison Gida went for 14 points, five assists and five rebounds in her first start of the season.
The Raiders, playing without injured guards Ashley Claussen and Bree Park, had to overcome 28 turnovers.
GREAT FALLS 38, SOU 16 — At Great Falls, Mont., in a dual complete with seven pins, seventh-ranked Southern Oregon was on the wrong end of too many of them in a loss at No. 6 Great Falls.
Michael Ruiz (141 pounds), Ryan Martin (149), Chad Cebulski (157) and Shawn Lau won by fall consecutively for the Argos to dent the Raiders' 1-2 dual meet record. Kamron Jackson (184) threw in another pin before Dylan Lemery (197) and Sheldon Page (285) capped the night by claiming major decisions.
The Raiders got a major decision from Jacob Stigall (125) and a 2-minute, 50-second pin out of Trevor Hancock to get things going before the night went south. Top-ranked Brock Gutches added his third win by fall in as many duals in 1:57 against Taylor Vaughn to give the Raiders the 174-pound win.
Great Falls bumped its dual record up to 2-1. The Argos started the night with a 24-13 exhibition win over Northwest Community College.
SOU wraps up the week Sunday at the Spokane (Wash.) Open before a four-week hiatus.