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Hoffman heats up to lead SOU men

ASHLAND -- Tate Hoffman scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half, helping 18th-ranked Southern Oregon snap out of an extended offensive funk and charge back for a 77-63 win against Simpson (Calif.) on Monday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.

In their final nonleague outing of the regular season, the Raiders (7-3) got off to a miserable 5-of-36 start from the field and were in a 25-9 hole 12 minutes into the game. Their woes went away in a hurry in the second half, where they shot 58 percent from the field (19-of-33) and knocked down nine 3-pointers.

Aaron Borich hit three of his four 3-pointers after halftime to finish with 12 points and four assists, and Tez Allen put up six points, nine rebounds of five of the team's 23 assists.

After Simpson's Nathan Presnell started the second half with a bucket that gave the Redhawks (5-4) a 33-24 lead, the Raiders rattled off a 31-7 run over the next eight minutes. Hoffman served as the spark, shooting 5-of-6 with a pair of triples and 16 points during that stretch, and finished 7-of-14 with six rebounds and three assists.

Josh Washington contributed six points, seven rebounds and two blocks in his first start down low for the Raiders, and Brad Allen recorded seven points and four boards off the bench.

After misfiring on 16 of their first 18 attempts from 3-point range, the Raiders made nine of their final 17.

They also held Simpson to 39-percent shooting (23-of-59) in the game, committed just eight turnovers and posted a 16-9 edge on the offensive glass. Washington, Hunter Bradford and Kerry Cook collected three offensive rebounds apiece.

Nathan Presnell led the Redhawks with 16 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Brycen Wright scored 12 points off the bench and Kon Anguik added 10.

The win was SOU's 16th in a row against Simpson.

The Raiders will return to Cascade Conference play this weekend, hosting Eastern Oregon on Friday and fifth-ranked College of Idaho on Saturday. Both games tip off at 7:30 p.m.