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 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 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-pointer 30 seconds later extended the lead to 10.
The Raiders have dropped their last four games in La Grande.
EASTERN OREGON 66, SOU 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 of the Cascade Conference opener for both teams.
Ariel Augustine’s baseline jumper with five minutes left put the Raiders (4-3 overall) ahead 59-55 with five minutes to play before the lead began to evaporate.
With the Raiders 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 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.
Syd Fryer contributed nine rebounds and three steals for the Raiders and Kalei Iwami scored eight.