LA GRANDE — Southern Oregon allowed Eastern Oregon to get loose behind the 3-point line and sophomore guard Jordan May exploded for 34 points in an 83-77 Mountaineers win Friday night at Quinn Coliseum.
May, last year’s Cascade Conference Newcomer of the Year, shot 12-of-23 from the field and 7-of-12 from 3 in the Cascade Conference opener for both teams. The Mountaineers (5-6) got 22 more points and eight rebounds out of Landon Jones, who made both of his 3-point attempts and helped them shoot 12-of-22 from outside overall.
Tristen Holmes had 24 points and six rebounds, Tate Hoffman registered his third double-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, and Jordan Hunt added 17 points and six boards for the 13th-ranked Raiders (9-2), whose winning streak ended at six games.
SOU held a 31-22 lead with eight minutes left in the first half before EOU staged an 11-0 run keyed by a pair of May triples, sending the teams into halftime tied at 35.
The Mountaineers knocked down six of their nine 3-point attempts in the second. The Raiders trimmed a nine-point deficit to 71-66 on a Hoffman jumper with 4:12 left and had four empty possessions - turning the ball over twice in transition - before EOU put the game away.
May’s contested jumper with 1:36 left made it 75-68, and his uncontested 3-pointers 30 seconds later extended the lead to 10.
The Raiders have dropped their last four games in La Grande.
EASTERN OREGON 66, SOUTHERN OREGON 63: At La Grande, Southern Oregon had Eastern Oregon on the ropes, but the Mountaineers extended their home winning streak to 32 games with an 11-2 run in the final minutes that led to a victory in the CCC opener for both teams at Quinn Coliseum.
Ariel Augustine’s baseline jumper with five minutes left put the Raiders (4-3 overall) ahead 59-55 with five minutes left before the lead began to evaporate. Still up 60-57, EOU’s Jane Nelson stepped into the passing lane and took a steal all the way for a layup, and the 17th-ranked Mountaineers got a defensive stop that led to Maren Herrud’s two free throws and swung the advantage.
After another stop, Herrud delivered the biggest shot of the night — an open 3-pointer from the wing that made it 64-60 with 1:37 left.
Thanks to an Ariel Augustine steal with 12 seconds left, the Raiders had a shot to tie, but Dominique Harding’s 3-pointer rimmed off.
The Mountaineers (5-2) prevailed despite a 22-12 disparity in turnovers and giving up 19 offensive rebounds. They shot 49 percent from the field (25-of-51) and 9-of-16 from 3. Nelson made all four of her tries from behind the arc to score 20 points, and Herrud hit 2-of-4 from the bench to total 16 points and four assists.
SOU point guard Daranda Hinkey scored a season-high 16 points, hitting three 3-pointers, and Augustine and Destinee Jones both added 11.
The Raiders went down 18-7 in the opening minutes but finished the first quarter on a 14-2 run, taking the lead on a Hinkey triple off the dribble. There were eight more lead changes the rest of the way
FULTON, LA FOND, ROSEWOOD PLACE HIGH IN SEASON OPENER: At Phoenix, Ashland’s Trevor Fulton took the top spot in the 182-pound weight class, James La Fond took second at 285 pounds and Jonah Rosewood finished in third at the 160-pound level during action at the Harry Mondale Invitational.
Due to the size of the field, some weight classes were done in round-robin format while others were able to field a full bracket.
Fulton won all three of his matches, collecting falls against wrestlers from North Valley, Phoenix and South Medford in times of 1:07, 1:50 and 1:53.
La Fond, a sophomore, went 3-1 to finish behind Phoenix’s Salvador Castanon, who recorded a victory over La Fond via fall in 1:17.
In the 160pound class that had an actual bracket, Rosewood won his first match before losing to Mike Walker of Phoenix to be sent to the consolation bracket. Rosewood then captured wins in his final two matches to take third place.
As a team, Ashland finished in fifth place as host Phoenix won the tournament by a 79.5-point margin.