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Raiders struggle late, fall to Simpson

REDDING, Calif.— Southern Oregon went cold in the second half and Simpson (Calif.) took advantage with a 73-55 nonleague win Tuesday night at the James M. Grant Center.

Gary Mims lifted the Redhawks with 20 points, 13 rebounds and three assists as they bumped their record to 4-3. Dylan Banks added 14 points and Anthony Rice scored all 10 of his in the second half.

The Raiders shot 5-of-26 from the field after halftime. Atmar Mundu’s 3-pointer had them within 46-45 with 15:48 left to play before the Redhawks ran off 14 straight points. SOU was held to three buckets the rest of the way.

The Raiders’ offensive struggles were aggravated by the absence of leading scorer Josh Meyer, who left due to injury three minutes into the game.

Redshirt-freshman guard Mason Whittaker led the team with 10 points, five rebounds and two assists. He hit all three of his 3-pointers in the first half.

Mundu and Tez Allen both scored nine points. K’wan Carter went 3-of-6 off the bench.

The Raiders (3-6) finished at 32 percent from the field.

They’ll be home for Cascade Conference play this weekend, playing Eastern Oregon at 7:30 p.m. Friday and College of Idaho at 5 p.m. Saturday.