OLYMPIA, Wash. — Eric Thompson carried the Southern Oregon men's basketball team for 38 minutes Friday against Evergreen State.
But with the game on the line, David Sturner and Tim Weber took their turns.
Thompson poured in a career-high 38 points, but the sixth-ranked Raiders needed clutch 3-pointers from Sturner and Weber to survive an 80-76 win over the Geoducks at the Costantino Recreation Center.
The Raiders upped their record to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the Cascade Conference going into tonight's game at Northwest University. Evergreen dipped to 1-12 and 0-6.
The Geoducks positioned themselves to pull off a monumental upset, leading 74-70 with 2:17 left after a 23-7 run that included three of their 10 3-pointers and two buckets-and-one.
That's where Sturner and Weber came in. After an SOU 3-point miss, Sturner grabbed an offensive rebound, took a couple dribbles back and buried a 3. Evergreen turned the ball over on its next possession.
Sturner got into the lane on SOU's ensuing trip and kicked out to Weber, who hit a triple on the right win as the shot clock expired to put the Raiders up for good, 76-74, with 38 seconds remaining.
Sturner finished 5-for-7 with 13 points and 10 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season. Jacob Kaler scored 10 points, Jeff Bush had eight assists and Kyle Tedder totaled eight points and four assists off the bench.
Those were all just complementary pieces to Thompson, however. The 6-foot-7 junior forward, who also registered eight rebounds, went 9-for-10 from the field in the first half — including 5-for-6 from 3-point range — to score 26 of SOU's 42. He was 12-for-20 in the game.
Thompson's previous high was 34, which he'd done three times and most recently against The Master's on Nov. 9. He's scored 30-plus on eight occasions in his career.
SOU 86, EVERGREEN STATE 72 — At Olympia, Wash., Southern Oregon used its size advantage to record the Cascade Conference win.
The Raiders (15-4, 4-3 CCC), ranked fifth in rebounding nationally, had a 27-15 advantage on the glass in the first half, leading to a 39-22 halftime edge.
Allison Gida pulled down eight of those rebounds on her way to a career-high 15. After going 0-for-6 in the first half, she also highlighted SOU's hot-shooting second half by going 5-for-7, finishing with 17 points, seven assists and six steals.
SOU shot 60 percent (15-for-25) in the second half, with Bree Park hitting three of her five 3-pointers. Park was 5-for-8 on 3s for 15 points off the bench.
Kristen Schoenherr went 8-for-11 with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Autumn Durand chipped in 12 points and six boards.
SOU 43, PACIFIC 6 — At Forest Grove, five pins paved the way as sixth-ranked Southern Oregon improved to 4-2 in dual meets.
Jacob Stigall (125 pounds), Trevor Hancock (133), Travis Patrick (157), Brock Gutches (174) and Taylor Johnson (197) all won by fall.
Johnathon Gay's major decision at 141 pounds and Clayton Burtis' forfeit win at heavyweight also got the Raiders bonus points. Tyler Cowger (149) helped with a decision.
TEAM SCORES — Southern Oregon 43, Pacific 6.
125 — Jacob Stigall, SOU, pinned Lucas Beltz, 1:58; 133 — Trevor Hancock, SOU, pinned Eric Harder, 1:50; 141 — Johnathan Gay, SOU, maj. dec. Jeremiah Baker, 13-5; 149 — Tyler Cowger, SOU, dec. Ryan Baxter, 12-6; 157 — Travis Patrick, SOU, pinned Shawn Speer, 2:27.
*165 — Bruce Balcita, P, dec. Garrett Urrutia, 10-5; 174 — Brock Gutches, SOU, pinned Michael Tyner, P, 2:50; 184 — Caleb Malychewski, P, dec. Jacob Abrams, 4-3; 197 — Taylor Johnson, SOU, pinned Chris Harlin, 1:18; 285 — Clayton Burtis, SOU, won by forfeit.
* starting weight