RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU men win first game of spring season
ASHLAND — Southern Oregon turned its four-point halftime edge against Multnomah into a 42-point lead and eventually a 93-62 win, its first of the Cascade Conference spring season Friday afternoon at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
Up 45-40, Tez Allen’s 3-pointer with 16:33 left to play was the start of a 37-2 run for the Raiders that spanned the next 10 minutes. They shot 59 percent in the half (23-of-39) and Allen turned in his first double-double of the season with 17 points on 7-of-11 from the field, 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Brad Allen connected on all four of his 3-point tries in the second half to add 17 off the bench, and Elijah Jackson and Josh Meyer contributed 14 points and six rebounds apiece. Meyer also had four assists.
Leaving behind a sloppy opening period in which they went 4-of-16 from 3 and 6-of-13 at the free-throw line, the Raiders improved to 1-2. Multnomah stayed winless in the CCC at 0-5.
Junior point guard Jake Virga pushed SOU along in the first, where he scored all 11 of his points to go along with his four assists.
Four quick points before halftime put the Raiders in front 38-34 at the break, and they held the Lions to 8-of-36 shooting the rest of the way.
Mason Whittaker added two blocks and six assists for the Raiders, who recorded assists on 26 of their 37 buckets overall.
Forrest Smith and Andrew Classen scored 12 apiece to lead Multnomah.
The teams will meet again at 1 p.m. this afternoon.
RAIDERS TAKE TWO VS. EOU: At La Grande, top-ranked Southern Oregon clinched another Cascade Conference series victory with back-to-back wins against Eastern Oregon, 7-0 and 6-4 at Peggy Anderson Field.
The Raiders went to 32-2 overall and 16-1 in Cascade Conference play — still one game behind College of Idaho, which visits Ashland for a four-game series next week. EOU fell to 10-22 and 6-11.
Statistics for the SOU-EOU games were not available at deadline.
The final CCC game of the series is set for an 11 a.m. first pitch today and the non-conference finale will follow.
Track and Field
SOU RELAYS, THROWERS DOMINATE: At Ashland, KiAshe Hobby broke her own Southern Oregon University hammer record and the women’s 4x100-meter relay team became the second ever for the Raiders to break 47 seconds at Raider Stadium.
Hobby’s throw of 169 feet 9 inches was the best at the meet by over 30 feet and her best by a margin of 4.7. It made her an automatic qualifier for the NAIA Outdoor Championships and put her at No. 7 on the national performance list, and she added a win in the shot put at 39-0 ¼.
SOU’s 4x1 women’s team of Baylee Touey, Arianna Daniel, Julia Delucchi and Lindsey Bonney clocked in at 46.98 seconds, the fourth-best time in the NAIA this season, without any competition on the track. In their previous outing, they’d come in with an NAIA ‘A’ mark of 47.60.
The Raider men’s 4x1 team hit the NAIA ‘B’ standard — needing a time of 41.99 seconds or better, and registering 41.82 with Shane McLaughlin, Chris Rosero, Gianni Grasso and Bryce Goggin racing against themselves. Their time stands at No. 11 on the NAIA list.
Two more Raiders hit national qualifying marks — Trevor Holt an ‘A’ of 177-9 in the hammer, and Goggin a ‘B’ of 14.78 in the 110-meter hurdles — but both had already topped those earlier this season.