Balanced SOU men start off with W

The Southern Oregon men's basketball team placed four players in double digits in a season-opening 90-85 victory over Indiana East on Friday at McNeal Pavilion.

Southern Oregon travels to Oregon State Saturday for an exhibition game. Indiana East travels to Oregon Tech Saturday night.

Ryan Staker led the Raiders in scoring in his SOU debut with 13 points. Justonn Smith and Drew Herrera both had 12 points and Austin Wolfer finished with 11 points.

Tyler Rigby and Channing Coffey both had 18 points for the Red Wolves.

Indiana East jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first half, before SOU came back and took the lead 31-30 on a Roland Jackson layup.

A 3-pointer by Trevor McCay and free throws by David Grant gave SOU a 46-43 lead at the half.

Indiana East again started hot in the second half, jumping out to a 65-60 lead, before again SOU came roaring back.

A pair of free throws by Smith tied the game at 67-67. Staker gave the Raiders a 75-73 lead with 5:45 to play and Humphrey Jackson pushed the lead to 77-73 with free throws.

Down the stretch, Herrera iced the game by going 6-for-8 from the free throw line.

For the game, SOU shot 45 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point land and 71 percent from the free throw line.

Women's Volleyball

Leah Bergstrom and Leanne Stennett each had 10 kills as 12th-ranked Southern Oregon scored a 25-15, 25-19, 25-22 victory over Corban on Friday at McNeal Pavilion.

With the victory, Southern Oregon reached 20 wins in a season for the 27th time in program history and the third straight year. SOU improved to 20-2 overall and 14-1 in Cascade Conference play. Corban dropped to 9-16 overall and 7-9 in conference action.

Southern Oregon finished the match with an attack percentage of .326, including a blistering .448 attack percentage in the opening set to take command of the match.

As a team, SOU recorded six aces, including three by senior Corynn Jorgensen. Angela Spieker led the Raiders in assists with 24 and also added nine digs. Becky Johnstone had a match-high 12 digs for SOU.

Corban got a team-high eight kills by Jenny Harman.

Southern Oregon hosts Northwest Christian Saturday night in the annual senior night match.

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