FULLERTON, Calif. — The fourth-ranked Biola (Calif.) Eagles lived up to their billing Friday night and wore down Southern Oregon inside to the tune of a 78-61 win in men's basketball action at the Hope International Invitational.
The Raiders (6-3 overall) led 30-27 after Tate Hoffman's layup 16 minutes into the game, but Biola went into halftime on a 14-2 run and remained comfortably ahead due in large part to a 50-16 advantage on points in the paint.
The Eagles, members of the NAIA Division I Golden State Athletic Conference, shot 53 percent (29-of-55) and ran their record to 9-0. Dakari Archer totaled half of his game-high 20 points at the free-throw line and Jeff Gonzalez shot 8-of-9 to register 18 points, eight rebounds and four assists.
They shut down Ben DeSaulnier, SOU's top scorer, who went 1-of-5 from the field and finished with six points — his lowest total in 25 games dating back to last season. Kenny Meyer scored 12 points and Tate Hoffman had 11, but Tristen Holmes (four points) was also held to single digits for the first time since the season opener.
The Raiders, still without starting forward Hunter Bradford, kept pace early from the 3-point line — hitting five on their way to that 30-27 edge — and made 10 of their 29 attempts overall. Hoffman made three while Meyer and Justin Martin had two apiece.
The meeting was the first between the teams since the 1974-75 season.
SOU will take on 17th-ranked Hope International at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
North Medford placed three players in double figures and forced 20 turnovers in a 63-22 nonconference road victory over Ashland at the Mountain Avenue Gym.
Savannah Bumgardner scored 12 of her game-high 14 points in the first quarter to help the Black Tornado grab a 23-5 lead.
Megan Fossen, a North junior post, added 12 points, on 5 of 6 shooting from the field, and grabbed five rebounds.
Black Tornado sophomore post Dana Jung came off the bench to chip in 11 points and eight rebounds and junior wing M.J. Hamilton contributed six points, five assists and two steals.
Ashland (0-2) was led by freshman Mikayla Titus with eight points.
NORTH MEDFORD (63): Lane 2, Ersepke 0, T. Baker 2, Ross 2, Bumgardner 14, Karrick 5, Hamilton 6, Jung 11, Graff 6, A. Baker 3, DeVry 0, Fossen 12. Totals: 26 10-15
ASHLAND (22): Mellon 0, Voskes 0, Titus 8, Barnes 0, Barry 2, Rich 2, Osorio-Wells 2, Munson 2, Elder Hammond 4, Summers 0, Rodriguez 2. Totals: 9 3-7
3 point goals — North Medford 1 (Karrick 1), Ashland 1 (Titus 1). JV result — North Medford won.
Southern Oregon University's fall sports teams produced 19 individuals who earned Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athlete accolades, the last of which were announced Friday by the national office.
To qualify for the honor, one must be a junior or senior, have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or better, and have been at their current institution for at least a year.
The Raider women's soccer team, which won its first Cascade Conference title this fall, led all teams with seven honorees: Lauren Aldana (pre-law political science major), Jacqueline Laird (English and writing), Presley Lambert (film and media), Macaylea Mitchell (environmental studies), Kylie Moltzen (environmental science), Kelsey Randall (business management) and Andi Rasmussen (health and P.E.).
SOU's NAIA champion men's cross country team was represented by Caleb Diaz (economics), Travis Heitzenrader (criminology), Kevin Poteracke (financial mathematics), Ray Schireman (biochemistry) and Matthew Williams (mathematics).
The Raider women's cross country team put Aspen Abbott (pre-physical therapy), Marisa D'Orfani (accounting) and Jessa Perkinson (psychology) on the list.
Four Raider volleyball players were recognized: Kiley Barcroft (pre-nursing), Natalie James (sociology), Courtney Macklin (education) and Ariana Sattler (biology).
Last year, 11 Raiders were Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes in the fall.
In October, 47 Raiders from fall sports were named to the Academic All-Cascade Conference team.