So. Oregon scores 98 in another easy victory

KLAMATH FALLS — The 23rd-ranked Southern Oregon men's basketball team erupted on offense to defeat Holy Names 98-87 Friday afternoon at the Midland Empire Insurance Classic.

Southern Oregon improves to 3-2, while Holy Names falls to 0-2. The Raiders return to action today, when they will face William Jessup at 3 p.m. at Danny Miles Court.

Eric Thompson connected on 11 of 15 shot attempts to tally a game-high 27 points for the Raiders, and he added a game-high nine rebounds in the win. Kyle Tedder added 19 points and David Sturner finished with 14 points and eight rebounds.

Ian Collins' 14 points led Holy Names, while Blake Watkins tallied 12 and Josh Kasin 10.

The Raiders built a 44-38 halftime lead on the strength of 57.7 percent shooting (15 of 26) in the first half. With the game tied at 19-apiece nine minutes into the first half, Sturner made a free throw and Thompson hit a jumper to spark a 10-1 run as the Raiders held the lead the rest of the way.

Southern Oregon came out of the break and used a 20-8 run to push its lead to 18 points following a 3-pointer by Tedder. Holy Names scored the next five points, but the Raiders twice stretched their lead to 20 points. After Tim Weber made a jumper to push SOU ahead 87-67 with just under six minutes to play, the Hawks closed the game on a 20-11 run to pull within 11.

Women's Basketball

Southern Oregon used a 21-0 second-half run to pull away as the Raider women defeated California Maritime 104-53 Friday afternoon at the Midland Empire Insurance Classic in Klamath Falls.

Southern Oregon improves to 4-0 with the win, while California Maritime falls to 4-0 with the loss. The Raiders are now averaging 97.2 points per game and have an average scoring margin of 46.5 points in four wins this season. They will return to action today, facing William Jessup at 1 p.m. at Danny Miles Court.

Melissa Sweat scored a game-high 23 points, while Angelica Cahee added 18 and Haley Newell tallied 16 points and seven assists. Tatjana Pitts led California Maritime with 15 points, while Jordan Mootz added 14.

Southern Oregon shot 53.7 percent (36 of 67) in the game and out-rebounded the Keelhaulers 44-32 in the win. The final score was nearly identical to the 2012 season opener two weeks ago, when SOU defeated Maritime 101-53.

The Raiders led throughout the game, taking their first double-digit lead at 25-14 following a Kiara Moore jumper with 11:04 to play in the first half. They stretched their lead to as many as 25 points in the period before a late three-pointer by Gabrielle Davis made it a 55-34 game at the break.

California Maritime came out strong early in the second half, outscoring SOU 13-3 in the first five minutes to pull within 11 points at 58-47. A three-pointer by Newell ended the Keelhaulers' run and began a 21-point streak over the next six minutes that pushed SOU's lead to 79-47. While a pair of Javier Brantley free throws ended the streak, SOU ended the game on a 25-4 run to reach the final score of 104-53.

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