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Iwami gives Raiders lift in triumph

MERCED, Calif. — Freshman point guard Kalei Iwami sparked Southern Oregon off the bench with 14 points and the 12th-ranked Raiders limited UC Merced to 30-percent shooting in a 72-49 win Monday night at Hostetler Court.

Iwami knocked down 4 of 7 attempts from 3-point range. Daranda Hinkey (10 points) and Delaney Sparling (seven) both hit two from beyond the arc in a well-rounded performance.

SOU (2-0) shot 42 percent for the game but made 20 of 40 attempts in the second half, outscoring the Bobcats (3-2) 45-28, as senior forward Ariel Augustine heated up to finish with 13 points and eight rebounds.

The Raiders also helped themselves with 20 offensive rebounds for a 19-7 advantage in second-chance points. Five of those came from Kenadee Honaker, who tallied six points, eight boards, three assists and a pair of steals. Syd Fryer chipped in six points and five assists and Destinee Jones had seven points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

UC Merced, which connected on just six field goals in the first half, was led by Aubrey Hayes’ 15 points. The Bobcats, who were coming off an 83-76 defeat of Oregon Tech, totaled only one more make (17) than turnovers (16).

SOU has won 17 consecutive non-conference regular-season games dating back to the 2016-17 season.

The Raiders will be in Klamath Falls on Friday and Saturday for the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic, facing Antelope Valley (Calif.) and Simpson (Calif.). Both games tip off at 1 p.m.

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