KLAMATH FALLS — Senior guard Tristen Holmes’ personal milestone coincided with No. 22 Southern Oregon’s highest-quality win of the season Saturday afternoon, an 88-67 drubbing of defending Cal Pac Conference champion Antelope Valley (Calif.) at the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic.
The North Medford alum led the Raiders (7-1 overall) with 18 points and, in the process, became the 21st player to join SOU’s 1,000-point club. His four-year total is 1,009 with a 6 of 12 performance from the field.
Jordan Hunt contributed 17 points, seven rebounds and four blocks and Kaj Bansen and Tate Hoffman poured in three 3-pointers each as SOU raced out to a 10-point halftime lead.
Up 66-56 with nine minutes left, a putback and 3-pointer by Matt Boudreaux on consecutive possessions started a 9-0 run that put the game away.
A night earlier, the Pioneers lost a one-point decision against Oregon Tech, missing a pair of free throws with less than a second to go. Christian Drayton helped them through the quick turnaround with 20 points and 13 rebounds, but they were held to 32-percent shooting in the first half and misfired on all six of their 3-point attempts in the second.
SOU freshmen Teron Bradford and Kiefer Edwards helped out with nine points each. Bradford added four rebounds, three assists and two steals and Edwards pulled down four boards.
As a team, the Raiders shot 48 percent (29-of-61) with 11 3-pointers and just nine turnovers.
SOU 85, SIMPSON 73: At Klamath Falls, 12th-ranked Southern Oregon rebounded at the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic, outscoring Simpson (Calif.) by 14 points in the second half.
Facing a 36-34 halftime deficit after taking their first loss Friday, Ariel Augustine carried the Raiders with 10 third-quarter points, and Destinee Jones and Daranda Hinkey dropped seven apiece in the fourth to assist a 27-16 advantage.
SOU trailed 59-58 with nine minutes left before 3-pointers from Kalei Iwami, Sophia Altemus, Kenadee Honaker and Hinkey keyed a 14-5 spurt.
Augustine and Iwami finished with 17 points each, and Iwami got there by going 5-of-7 from downtown. The Raiders hit 14 3-pointers as a team, their highest total since the 2016-17 season.
Jones recorded 11 points, nine rebounds and four assists, Hinkey had 10 points, five assists and two steals, and Delaney Sparling went 3-of-4 from 3 off the bench to add 11 points.
The Raiders also maintained a 21-8 advantage in turnovers forced. The turnover total was their lowest of the season.
They overcame a 22-point effort by Shayla Smothers, who picked up 14 of those at the free-throw line. The Redhawks (4-6) made 19 more free throws (32) than the Raiders but were limited to 18-of-47 shooting from the field.