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Raiders hold off William Jessup

ASHLAND — A hot first half helped offset a frigid second half as the Southern Oregon men held off William Jessup for an 85-77 victory Friday night at McNeal Pavilion in the nightcap of the opening day of the Flagship Inn Invitational.

Drew Herrera led the Raiders (6-1) with a game-high 20 points. Justonn Smith added 19, while Humphrey Jackson had 14 points and five assists and Roland Johnson came off the bench for 13 points.

Jason Washington led the Warriors (2-6) with 17 points.

The Raiders started off the game on fire, hitting five of their first five 3-pointers and leading 48-34 at the half. SOU finished the first 20 minutes shooting 59 percent from the field and hitting on 7 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line.

In the second half, the Raiders went ice cold. The Raiders missed their first 12 shots of the half and the game was tied at 60-60 when Herrera hit a runner at the 6:41 mark to give the Raiders their first field goal of the half and the lead for good. During SOU's field goal drought, the Raiders stayed alive going 14-for-14 from the free throw line during the stretch.

Johnson added a layup with 3:24 to give SOU a 73-64 lead and after the Warriors cut the lead to 75-72, Herrera nailed a 3-pointer to put the game away.

Oregon Tech defeated Willamette in the opening game 97-71. OIT will play William Jessup today at 5:30 p.m. and the Raiders will host Willamette at 7:30.