RAIDER ROUNDUP: SOU men win fifth straight
ASHLAND — The Southern Oregon men’s basketball team shot 69 percent in the second half to run away from Evergreen (Wash.) and bank a 96-84 win behind Atmar Mundu’s 23 points and Josh Meyer’s seventh double-double Saturday night at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
After trailing by five at halftime, the Raiders (13-10 overall, 10-5 Cascade Conference) outscored the Geoducks (3-16, 3-12) 57-40 in the second.
Mundu shot 6-of-8 from the field and 9-of-10 at the free-throw line and Meyer amassed 17 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists. Three more Raiders joined them in double figures: Joe Juhala (14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals), Tez Allen (13 points, 6 assists) and K’wan Carter (13 points, 4 assists).
The Raiders landed at 59 percent from the field after turning in a 65-percent clip against Evergreen at the beginning of the month.
The Geoducks kept pace a little longer this time around thanks to Austin Curry and LaBrandon Price, who scored 23 points apiece. Price’s 20 first-half points had them up 44-39 at the break.
SOU opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take control for good, eventually opening up a 14-point lead on Jackson Smyth’s 3-pointer at the 10-minute mark.
Smyth, a freshman guard, contributed a season-high nine points and Elijah Jackson had five off the bench.
The Raiders finished with a season-high 28 assists on their 33 buckets.
They’ve won seven of their last nine overall and five straight at home. They’re now alone in third place, two games ahead of Corban.
SOUTHERN OREGON 49, EVERGREEN (WASH.) 46: At Ashland, Southern Oregon proved again it’s not above winning ugly, defeating Evergreen (Wash.) to complete a Cascade Conference weekend sweep at Lithia Motors Pavilion.
SOU shrugged off a 26-percent shooting and an 11-minute scoring drought, leaning on a defense that wore down the Geoducks with 14 steals to avenge a frustrating loss against them at the beginning of the month. The Raiders’ 11th consecutive home victory made them 19-4 overall and 12-3 in the CCC.
For the second night in a row, it came down to a defensive stop as they forced Geoducks guard Sha’nece Garret to take a contested 3-pointer for the potential tie. Mallory Heard rebounded her miss with four seconds left and dribbled out the clock.
Dominique Harding scored 10 of her 14 points in the second half, pulled down six rebounds and had four steals. The senior guard shot 6-of-13 from the field; the rest of the Raiders combined to go 13-of-59.
After going scoreless in the second quarter, they faced their largest deficit at 26-18 when Evergreen’s Trinity Betoney opened the third with a jumper. Harding went on to score eight points in the frame, including a bucket that finally tied the score with 23 seconds left.
Garret’s layup gave the Geoducks their final lead with 3:34 remaining in the fourth. Danasia Allison tied it moments later with a reverse layup, and after a couple defensive stops Kami Walk put the Raiders ahead on a pair of free throws at the two-minute mark.
Allison finished with eight points and five rebounds off the bench and Walk had seven points, nine rebounds and three blocks. Kenadee Honaker sparked the Raiders with five points, five steals, six rebounds and two blocks.