Raiders dialed in from long distance in rout
ASHLAND - Southern Oregon busted Maine-Fort Kent's zone defense with nine different players knocking down at least one 3-pointer on Tuesday night, leading to a 98-61 win at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
The 18th-ranked Raiders (5-2) opened the game - the start of which was delayed by 35 minutes after a winter storm caused power outages across Ashland - by missing five straight 3-pointers but ended up shooting 41 percent downtown (15-of-37) and 56 percent from the field, totaling 34 assists on 38 buckets.
Kaj Bansen came off the bench to hit 3-of-5 from 3 and scored 13 points, and Tate Hoffman hit a pair of triples while going 5-of-6 from the field to record 13 points and six rebounds. Brad Allen (12 points, 4 assists), Jordan Hunt (10 points, 4 rebounds) and Conor Carroll (10 points) joined them in double figures.
The assists kept coming as the zone opened up, resulting in the Raiders' highest distribution total since Jan. 28, 2017. Tez Allen and Teron Bradford had six assists and three steals apiece.
Kiefer Edwards chipped in nine points and Aaron Borich had six points and five assists.
A 13-0 spurt put the Raiders up 21-7 eight minutes into the game and they led 49-31 by halftime.
Bansen did all of his scoring in the second half, when the Raiders shot 61 percent from the field (20-of-33).
The Bengals (3-5) got a team-high 17 points from Zeke McMurtry, who shot 8-of-15.
SOU will travel this weekend to Fremont, Neb., for the Draemel Classic. They'll face host Midland (Neb.) on Saturday and fourth-ranked Morningside (Iowa) on Sunday in their final tune-ups before Cascade Conference play.