Former Comet Martin scores 23 in SOU win
PORTLAND — Battling fatigue after Friday's emotional last-second win at Warner Pacific, the 15th-ranked Southern Oregon men's team relied on long Justin Martin 3-pointers in the first half and easy transition buckets in the second to bank an 84-56 win over the Multnomah Lions on Saturday night at Jim Skagen Court.
Martin, from Central Point, hit 7 of 14 3-pointers to establish a career-high of 23 points — his previous high of 20 was also against the Lions on Dec. 30 in Ashland — and he tallied 14 of those on 5 of 7 shooting in the first half while his teammates went 9 for 29.
SOU's 35-26 advantage at the break steadily got out of hand thanks to 18 fastbreak points, made possible by a Raider defense that had seven steals and blocked seven shots.
Ben DeSaulnier followed up Friday's game-winner with 22 points on 8 of 13 shooting and eight rebounds. Joel Spear registered 10 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists and three steals, and Jordan West went for 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks.
The second-place Raiders (19-5 overall, 12-2 Cascade Conference) remained one game behind Northwest Christian and two games ahead of Warner Pacific in the standings. They'll return to action at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday against Walla Walla at Ashland High.
Multnomah fell to 3-19 overall and 1-13 in the conference. The Lions — who entered the game with more than half of their field-goal attempts coming from 3-point range — went 10-for-38 from downtown and shot 31 percent overall, the lowest clip for an SOU opponent in conference play this season. Blake Updike led the way with 18 points and eight rebounds.
SOU 102, MULTNOMAH 36: At Portland, for the first time in program history, the Southern Oregon women's basketball team has won at least 20 games in four straight seasons with the rout of Multnomah.
Seniors Ashley Claussen and Carly Meister, who have had hands in each of those seasons, boosted the ninth-ranked Raiders again as they went to 20-1 overall and 13-1 in the Cascade Conference. Claussen recorded 10 points, eight assists and six steals, while Meister had 12 points and five boards.
Autumn Durand contributed 12 points and six rebounds, Majerle Reeves scored all 12 of her points on 3-pointers and Sydney Mullings added 12 more on 4-for-4 shooting.
The Raiders maintained a one-game lead in first place over Oregon Tech, making this the latest they've been on top of the standings since they last won the CCC eight years ago. Four of their final six regular-season contests will be played in Ashland, starting with next Saturday's 5:30 p.m. matchup against last-place Walla Walla.
The Lions dropped to 4-18 overall and 2-12 in their first season of CCC play.
The 66-point margin of victory made it SOU's second-most lopsided conference win in history. It was also the sixth time the Raiders have broken 100 points and the third time in their last four games.