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Raiders Open With Rout of Pioneers

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Courtesy: Southern Oregon University Athletics

ASHLAND, Ore. – The fourth-ranked Southern Oregon University men’s basketball team’s slow start to the season was short-lived Saturday night against Pacific Union.

The Raiders’ five-point lead ballooned in a hurry during their 88-45 win over the Pioneers at Bob Riehm Arena thanks to eight second-half 3-pointers. In the last 16 minutes of the game, they outscored the Pioneers 50-12.

Senior post David Sturner (Philomath, Ore./Philomath) went for 20 points and 11 rebounds while Eric Thompson (Roseburg, Ore./Roseburg), his counterpart inside, had 19 points, nine rebounds and knocked down three straight triples to spark the run. They combined to shoot 18-for-28 from the field.

Kyle Tedder (Coos Bay, Ore./Marshfield) poured in 17 points and knocked down five from outside to tie Ryan Harbert for SOU’s career record for 3-pointers. His total now stands at 220.

Sophomore guard Joel Spear (Adelaide, Australia/St. Michaels) had nine assists and a pair of steals and Tim Weber (Roseburg, Ore./Roseburg), a junior wing, keyed the Raiders’ attack of Pacific Union’s zone with eight assists. He also threw in two blocks.

The Raiders went 22-for-42 from the field after halftime.

They held the Pioneers (0-2 overall) to 23.1-percent shooting (15-for-65) from the field and 3-for-30 from 3-point range. Demetrius Deason paced Pacific Union with 13 points.

SOU will remain home for Monday’s 7:30 p.m. game against Simpson.