PORTLAND — Justin Martin, the NAIA’s top scorer, poured in 32 of his 40 points in the second half and helped Multnomah charge back for a 96-83 win against No. 13 Southern Oregon in men’s basketball action Sunday night at Jim Skagen Court.
Martin, who scored 42 a night earlier and previously broke the national record with a 71 in a game, was held to 3-of-11 shooting and one 3-pointer in the first half as the Raiders (13-4, 3-3 Cascade Conference) used a 19-0 run to take a 51-38 lead into the break.
In the second, however, he shot 10-of-18 with six 3-pointers, most of which were taken from NBA range. He was joined behind the 3-point line by Ben Grandle, who hit half of his 14 attempts from deep to score 23. As a team, the Lions shot 11-of-21 from 3 in the second half.
With the Lions (10-5, 3-2) down 77-76, Martin gave them the lead for good by stepping into his second straight 25-footer with six minutes left. It was part of a stretch in which he scored 14 of MU’s 16 points.
Tristen Holmes recorded 26 points, seven assists and four rebounds to lead the Raiders for the fifth time in six conference games. Jordan Hunt had 22 points and 12 rebounds, scoring 15 in the first half.
SOU made fewer field goals than the Lions did 3-pointers in the second half, going 10-of-32.
They’ll be off until they host Oregon Tech on Jan. 8.
MULTNOMAH 62, SOUTHERN OREGON 57: At Portland, Southern Oregon couldn’t pull off a second escape job in a row Sunday night at Jim Skagen Court, falling victim to an upset against Multnomah in Cascade Conference action.
A night after coming back from 14 points down to defeat Warner Pacific, the 18th-ranked Raiders (8-4 overall, 4-2 CCC) erased a 13-point deficit but never got over the hump. Multnomah’s Sequoia Wheeler scored 20 points, Bethany George had 17 and the pair combined for 11 in the fourth quarter to hold the Raiders off.
The Raiders trailed 32-22 after a first half in which they shot 7-of-31 from the field. Thirteen unanswered points cut it to 35-34 just 3 minutes into the third, and SOU finally tied it on the first possession of the fourth. The Lions (8-7, 4-3) responded with a 10-0 spurt, keyed by a George 3-pointer and finished with a Wheeler jumper, to make it 55-45 with seven minutes to go.
Daranda Hinkey’s transition basket made it a two-point game with a minute to go, but SOU missed all three of its shot to tie from that point on.
SOU forward Ariel Augustine had 14 points and 11 rebounds, her second double-double of the season. Destinee Jones had nine points, seven rebounds and four steals before fouling out, and Daranda Hinkey totaled seven points, five steals and four assists.
The Raiders shot 26 percent (17-of-65) as a team.
They’ll play back-to-back CCC games against Walla Walla (Wash.) next week at Lithia Motors Pavilion, at 12 p.m. Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday.