ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University men's basketball team turned the ball over 21 times and Simpson University scored its first win of the season with a 90-87 victory Friday night at McNeal Pavilion in the first day of the Flagship Inn Classic.

ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon University men's basketball team turned the ball over 21 times and Simpson University scored its first win of the season with a 90-87 victory Friday night at McNeal Pavilion in the first day of the Flagship Inn Classic.

Simpson is now 1-6 on the season. Southern Oregon fell to 2-4 overall.

In the opening game of the night, top-ranked Oregon Tech took down The Masters College 81-63. Tonight, Oregon Tech faces Simpson at 5:30 and Southern Oregon hosts The Masters College at 7:30.

Eli Thornton led SOU with a game-high 21 points. Austin Wolfer had 14 points, while Kory Mahr finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds, Jarrad Childs had 11 points and Humphrey Jackson had 10.

Justin Sparks led Simpson with 20 points, including a 10-for-12 effort from the free throw line.

Despite the turnovers, the Raiders made it a game late in the second half after Simpson had pushed the lead to 81-65 with 8:14 to play.

Thornton got the SOU fans involved with a dunk to cut the lead to 81-71 with 4:27 to play. A 3-pointer by Mahr capped a 14-0 run to make the score 81-79 with 2:49 left in the game.

Simpson responded, however, by going 9-for-10 from the free throw line to give themselves a 90-81 lead with 10 seconds left, but it still wasn't over.

A Jackson 3-pointer and a turnover and another Jackson 3 had the lead down to 90-87 with five seconds to play.

The Raiders then forced another turnover and Jackson couldn't get the final 3-pointer off before time expired.

SOU shot 55 percent for the game and limited Simpson to 40 percent shooting.