Balanced Raiders thump New Hope Christian

ASHLAND — All 13 Raiders in action Friday night touched up the scoreboard in the fourth-ranked Southern Oregon men's basketball team's 106-56 thumping of New Hope Christian at Bob Riehm Arena.

Eric Thompson made all six of his shots, including three 3-pointers, and for the second straight game David Sturner had a double-double (13 points, 10 rebounds) and Jeff Bush had double-digit assists (10).

The Raiders (7-1 overall) put down 24 of 31 shots in the first half, rushing out to a 29-8 advantage midway through it, and shot 63.6 percent (42-for-66) on the night. Jordan West was 8-for-9 off the bench with 16 points and Jacob Kaler joined him with 15 points and five boards.

SOU reserves Kaler, Justin Martin and Dex Daum combined to go 8-for-11 from 3-point range. Bench play accounted for 63 of SOU's points as Joel Spear contributed eight points and five assists.

The Raiders are now shooting 52.7 percent as a team this season.

They'll be tested today in the final game of the Flagship Inn Classic. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. against 5-0 Southeastern (Fla.), which was an 86-76 winner Friday against Oregon Tech.

The Deacons (2-9), who have lost all four in the all-time series against SOU, got 12 points apiece out of TJ Little and Nicholas Dillingham, but as a team they shot 23.9 percent (16-for-67).

Women's Basketball

SOUTHERN OREGON 95, NEW HOPE CHRISTIAN 66 — at Ashland, Kristen Schoenherr led a hot-shooting Southern Oregon University women's basketball team with 22 points in the Raiders' win over the New Hope Christian Deacons in the first day of the Flagship Inn Classic at Bob Riehm Arena.

Schoenherr's 8-for-12 output from the field helped the Raiders (8-1 overall) hit at 52.8-percent accuracy as a team (38-for-72). Allison Gida turned in 18 points and four assists, Carly Meister had 14 points and Demi Sahlinger dropped off a career-high nine assists.

SOU clung to a 38-36 halftime lead, but extended it after the break by forcing 15 Deacon turnovers and committing just three of its own. New Hope gave the ball away 32 times in all as Schoenherr and Gida led the Raiders with five steals apiece.

Cambie Edwards came off the bench with Sahlinger to deliver a career-best 12 points and four rebounds.

The Raiders also had seven of their 10 offensive rebounds in the second half. They got off 44 shots in the period — 18 more than New Hope.

Jess Logan had 21 points to lead the Deacons (2-7). Taya Harbick recorded 20 points but turned it over 10 times, and Dorian Perkey and Natriana Shorter added 13 points and 10, respectively.

The Raiders have won four straight.

They were facing New Hope for the first time ever, and will see another unfamiliar foe at 5:30 p.m. today against Northwest Indian.

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