RAIDER ROUNDUP: Allen leads hot-shooting SOU past EOU
LA GRANDE — Tez Allen successfully manipulated all phases of Southern Oregon’s 93-76 defeat of Eastern Oregon in Cascade Conference play Friday night at Quinn Coliseum.
Allen shot 10-of-15 from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3, to score a career-high 25 points while amassing nine assists, eight rebounds and two steals for the Raiders.
The junior guard — whose last 24 hours has also included a CoSIDA Academic All-District nod, one of just 23 in the NAIA — has now come within a few plays of a triple-double twice this spring in addition to registering three double-doubles.
The Raiders improved to 6-3 in the CCC heading into Saturday’s spring finale, which has been moved up two hours to a 1 p.m. tipoff.
They had three more players in double figures: Josh Meyer (13 points, 10 rebounds), who delivered his fifth double-double, Jake Virga (11 points, 4 assists), and Hunter Bradford (11 points). Brad Allen and Elijah Jackson pitched in nine points each off the bench, where the Raiders got 28 points to EOU’s 11.
SOU opened up a 30-14 advantage in the first 10 minutes by knocking down seven 3-pointers. They finished 14-of-32 beyond the arc for the game, and shot a season-best 55 percent (35-of-64) overall.
The Raiders led 52-39 at halftime and didn’t budge in the second half, where Allen hit six of his seven attempts with three 3-pointers.
Allen shot 16-of-59 from downtown over 30 games last season. In 10 games this spring, he’s 25-of-50.
Track and Field
DANIEL, GOGGIN SET NEW PERSONAL RECORDS: At Eugene, Southern Oregon University sprinter Arianna Daniel and hurdler Bryce Goggin used the stage at the new Hayward Field to establish new personal records.
At the Oregon Twilight, Daniel was runner-up in the 400-meter race - ahead of seven NCAA Division I runners - by finishing in 55.44 seconds. She replaced her old season-best of 55.62, solidified her spot at No. 2 on the NAIA leaderboard, and is now more than three seconds faster than any other Cascade Conference runner in the race.
Sarah King, a former George Fox student-athlete competing unattached, won in 54.71.
In the men's 110 hurdles, Goggin improved his PR by three-hundredths of a second to 14.64 in a race won by Nike's Devon Allen, who set a new meet record in 13.40.
The time boosted Goggin to No. 17 on the NAIA performance list. He'd been tied for the top spot in the conference, but now has it to himself going into next weekend's CCC Championships in La Grande.