KLAMATH FALLS — Jeff Bush recorded 18 points and eight assists and helped the fourth-ranked Southern Oregon men's basketball team carve up Westminster in a 77-63 win Friday afternoon at the Midland Empire Classic.
Bush went 6-for-6 from the field, leading the Raiders (4-1 overall) to 50.8-percent shooting (31-for-61) as a team. David Sturner went 8-for-11 on his way to 19 points, 11 of which came in the second half, and added seven rebounds.
Westminster (4-3), an NAIA Division I school from Utah that competes in the Frontier Conference, came into the game shooting 26 percent from 3-point range and stayed cold outside, converting 2 of 14 attempts. The Griffins were led by 16 points apiece from Tallon Robertson and Blake Skidmore while Jordan Pryor had 11.
Jordan West came off the bench to score 13 points for SOU, going 3-for-4 from downtown. Twenty-one of SOU's 31 buckets were assisted as Tim Weber complemented Bush's effort with five assists to go with nine points and five boards. Kyle Tedder chipped in 11 points and four assists.
Bush made both of his 3-pointers in the second half, where the Raiders opened up a lead that was just four at halftime. In his last two games, Bush is 11-for-12 from the field with 17 assists.
A box score was not immediately available.
The Raiders play again at 3 p.m. Saturday versus William Jessup. They'll return to Danny Miles Court again on Tuesday, though, for a nonconference game against Oregon Tech.
At Klamath Falls, minus two of their top scorers in the backcourt, the Southern Oregon University women's basketball team turned to its frontcourt standout in an 80-72 win over William Jessup on Friday afternoon at the Midland Empire Classic.
Carly Meister controlled the paint with career-highs of 27 points and 16 rebounds for the Raiders (6-1 overall), going 12-for-18 from the field. Allison Gida went for 14 points, five assists and five rebounds in her first start of the season.
The Raiders, playing without injured guards Ashley Claussen and Bree Park, had to overcome 28 turnovers.
William Jessup (3-5) was led by Ashley Rose's 21 points and six assists. But Rose, like the rest of the Warriors, couldn't get it going from the outside. They entered the game 12th in the NAIA in 3-point makes and ended the day with a 2-for-17 mark from outside and a 28-for-72 showing from the field.
The Raiders shot 46.6 percent (27-for-58). Kristen Schoenherr, the reigning Cascade Conference player of the week, had 14 points and five rebounds and Autumn Durand went 5-for-9 from the field with 10 points, and both added three blocks and two steals on the defensive end. Brenna Anderson contributed 12 rebounds.
Taylor Borba chipped in 13 points and Nicole McDonald had 11 for William Jessup, which failed to take advantage of 14 extra shot attempts.
SOU will return to Danny Miles Court on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tilt with California Maritime.
At Great Falls, Mont., in a dual complete with seven pins, the seventh-ranked Southern Oregon wrestling team was on the wrong end of too many of them Friday night in a 38-16 loss at No. 6 Great Falls.
Michael Ruiz (141 pounds), Ryan Martin (149), Chad Cebulski (157) and Shawn Lau won by fall consecutively for the Argos to dent the Raiders' 1-2 dual meet record. Kamron Jackson (184) threw in another pin before Dylan Lemery (197) and Sheldon Page (285) capped the night by claiming major decisions.
The Raiders got a major decision from Jacob Stigall (125) and a 2-minute, 50-second pin out of Trevor Hancock to get things going before the night went south. Top-ranked Brock Gutches added his third win by fall in as many duals in 1:57 against Taylor Vaughn to give the Raiders the 174-pound win.
Great Falls bumped its dual record up to 2-1. The Argos started the night with a 24-13 exhibition win over Northwest Community College.
SOU wraps up the week Sunday at the Spokane (Wash.) Open before a four-week hiatus.