Durand's double-double boosts Raider women
KLAMATH FALLS — Autumn Durand recorded her ninth career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Sydney Mullings scored eight of her 17 in the fourth quarter, and second-ranked Southern Oregon avoided an upset by defeating Simpson (Calif.) 77-63 on Friday in the Midland Empire Classic.
Mullings went 8-for-10 from the field with eight rebounds on her career-best day and helped the Raiders (2-1 overall) hold off the Redhawks after they trimmed the deficit to 65-59 midway through the fourth quarter.
Majerle Reeves rediscovered her shooting stroke with five 3-pointers in the first half, including one right before the break to put the Raiders up 44-29. She had 16 points, and Demi Sahlinger balanced the box score with eight points, five assists, five rebounds and three steals.
Simpson (2-6), which two weeks ago upset No. 20 Oregon Tech, got 16 points from Fallon Greenhaw and limited SOU to 36-percent shooting (26 of 72).
SOU 83, LA SIERRA 68: At Klamath Falls, Southern Oregon’s junior guard Ben DeSaulnier scored 13 of his 22 points in the first eight minutes of the second half in the Midland Empire Classic.
He helped the Raiders (4-1 overall) keep the Golden Eagles (0-6) at arm’s length on a day when SOU shot just 41 percent from the field, their lowest clip of the season.
Tristen Holmes kept the Raiders afloat in the first half, when he made all four of his shots, including a pair from beyond the arc, and scored 12 of his 14 points. Freshman forward Tate Hoffman added 16 points and five rebounds, going 4-for-5 from 3-point range, and freshman forward Jason Simmrin put up career highs of nine points and nine boards off the bench.
Hoffman has gone 8-for-10 from outside while averagine 12.7 points in SOU’s last three games.
He started the day with a 3-pointer, but the Raiders battled foul trouble and lethargy in misfiring on 23 of 36 shots the rest of the half. It was 31-31 when Holmes made back-to-back triples, and Hoffman poured in another to make it 42-34 at halftime.
SOU took its biggest lead at 61-46 when DeSaulnier scored his final points on a 3 with 11:41 to go. It’d later expand to 19 points, 76-57, when Hoffman capped his day with a jumper with 4:41 left.
SOU 28, EASTERN OREGON 10: At La Grande, Eastern Oregon's fast start added intrigue to its first dual against Southern Oregon in 41 years, but the sixth-ranked Raiders won the last eight bouts.
The teams had split the first 12 duals in the all-time series but were meeting for the first time since 1975-76 season, right before the Mountaineers shut their program down. They revived it this year, also adding a women's team, and settled with the Raiders on starting a new tradition: They'd call these the Wagon Tire Duals — Wagontire being the unincorporated community that marks the halfway point between the two campuses — and made an actual wagon tire the hardware up for grabs.
For the first time, it's going home with the Raiders. Oregon State Rep. Greg Smith was in attendance to commemorate the event, which was EOU's first at home in the new era.
A night after faltering late and losing a 16-5 lead against Great Falls (Mont.), the Raiders' impressive finish put them over the top and made them 2-2 on the year.
SOU worked five consecutive decisions, starting with 14th-ranked Devin Poppen's shutout at 141 of Brendon Vladic and second-ranked Tyler Cowger's seventh straight win to start the season, 7-3 over Jared Neiss, at 149.
Chandler Michael (157) then held on for a 5-3 win against Ryan Middleton, and third-ranked Hunter Hodges wrestled up a weight class to 165 and threw Brandon Davidson on his side in overtime for a 3-1 sudden victory, putting SOU up for the fist time at 12-10.
RCC MEN SIXTH: At Lacey, Wash., the Rogue Community College men placed sixth in the Northwest Athletic Conference championships last weekend.
The Ospreys scored 167 points and were led by sophomore Salvador Salinas, who was seventh in 26:30.5 for 8K.
RCC freshman Mallory Ward finished seventh in the women's 5K in 20:38.0.