SOU erupts in 35-point rout of Evergreen
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon’s recent shooting issues have been at least temporary solved by some home cooking at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The 13th-ranked Raiders hit triple digits in the scoring column in back-to-back games for the first time in 25 seasons, completing a weekend Cascade Conference sweep Saturday with a 106-71 drubbing of Evergreen (Wash.). After shooting a season-high 57 percent in Friday’s 100-89 defeat of Northwest (Wash.), they connected at a 58-percent clip (41-of-71) against the Geoducks to run their record to 12-3 overall and 2-2 in the CCC.
Junior forward Jordan Hunt recorded his second double-double of the week with 18 points and 13 rebounds and blocked four shots for the third consecutive game, and freshman guard Jake Virga hit double figures for the first time in his career with 17 points and four 3-pointers off the bench.
The Raiders took a 51-41 lead into the break and opened the second half with an 18-2 spurt that lasted four minutes, keyed by a pair of Virga triples in transition.
Three more freshmen — Teron Bradford and Kiefer Edwards and Tez Allen — were similarly productive. Bradford totaled 13 points, six assists and four steals; Edwards connected on all four of his field-goal attempts for nine points and three rebounds; and Allen went for six points and five assists.
Tristen Holmes added 13 points and seven assists, while Tate Hoffman had 13 points, four assists, three steals and two blocks.
The Raiders went 20-of-31 overall in the second half and 10-of-27 from behind the 3-point arc in the game.
Evergreen fell to 4-8 and 0-4 despite shooting 10-of-18 from 3. Dalton Groenwold had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Mana Niu scored 12 off the bench.
The Raiders have scored at least 100 four times this season.
SOUTHERN OREGON 84, EVERGREEN 65: At Ashland, sophomore wing Syd Fryer broke up 18th-ranked Southern Oregon’s usual balance for a night in the blowout win, exploding for 26 points and 10 rebounds at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
In SOU’s third consecutive Cascade Conference triumph, Fryer shot 11-of-16 to register her second career double-double and bury her previous career-high of 12 points. Junior point guard Daranda Hinkey knocked down four 3-pointers on her way to 20 points and six assists for the Raiders (7-3, 3-1 CCC), who hadn’t produced a 20-point scorer this season coming into the contest.
They led from start to finish, going up 21-6 nine minutes into the game and cruising the rest of the way to drop the Geoducks to 0-8 and 0-4.
Destinee Jones chipped in 13 points and four offensive rebounds. She, Kenadee Honaker and Delaney Sparling collected four steals apiece as the Raiders totaled 20 and forced 29 turnovers, their most since the first game of the season.
SOUTHERN OREGON 25, SAN FRANCISCO STATE 24: At Ashland, senior heavyweight Max Hane delivered again in the clutch for Southern Oregon, pinning San Francisco State’s Antonio Gomez with 61 seconds left in the first round to give the Raiders a comeback victory at Riehm Arena.
The Gators, an NCAA Division II squad, held a 24-15 lead going into the 197-pound match. Tanner Fischer, the NAIA’s fourth-ranked 197-pounder, set up Hane’s heroics with a 9-0 major decision over Andrew Herrera.
Hane improved to 8-2 in his first season at 285, including 5-0 in dual matches. Four of those five wins have ended in falls.
The Raiders improved to 3-1 going into Tuesday’s home matchup against Montana State-Northern. SF State went to 1-5.
SOU also got a boost from 125-pounder Pancho Barrera, a junior transfer from Southwestern Oregon Community College. Making his Raider debut, Barrera knocked off Brandon Vu — ranked ninth in his class at the NCAA Div. II level — with a 9-4 decision that he never trailed.
SOU senior Chandler Michael, ranked third at 149, wrestled up to 157 but protected his perfect record. He went to 11-0 with his seventh pin of the season, dismissing Romeo Medina-Ontiveros in 4:26.
There were eight total contests; both teams forfeited one weight. Isiah Alva (149) registered a pin for the Gators, while Kurtis Clem (174) scored a technical fall and 10th-ranked Jordan Gurrola (141) won by major decision.