REDDING, Calif. — The Southern Oregon University men's basketball will enter Cascade Conference play with its win streak intact.
The fourth-ranked Raiders won their seventh straight Monday night, 81-59 at Simpson University, behind 25 points and 10 rebounds from Eric Thompson and a fourth straight double-double for David Sturner (12 points, 12 rebounds).
With a record of 9-1, the Raiders begin circuit action Friday and Saturday at Bob Riehm Arena against Concordia and Warner Pacific. Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7:30 p.m.
Jeff Bush, the NAIA's leader in assists, was solid again with 11 points and six assists. Jacob Kaler and Jordan West added nine points apiece off the bench.
The Raiders went 8-for-19 from 3-point range as Thompson made all three of his tries in the first half. He also blocked three shots and Sturner blocked two.
Dalton Thacker scored 17 points to lead Simpson, which dropped to 1-9.
Three double-doubles in three Southern Oregon wins made David Sturner the Cascade Conference men's basketball player of the week, the league office announced Monday.
Sturner averaged 17.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks while shooting 71 percent (22-for-31) from the field to help the fourth-ranked Raiders (8-1 overall) defeat No. 21 Oregon Tech, New Hope Christian and previously unbeaten Southeastern University (Fla.).
The 6-foot-8 senior forward who transferred from Oregon State before last season and was subsequently the CCC's newcomer of the year now has six double-doubles this season. He ranks seventh in the NAIA in rebounds per game (10.7), 21st in field-goal percentage (61.2) and 30th in blocks per game (1.3).
He posted his biggest numbers Saturday against Southeastern with 21 points, 15 rebounds, four blocks and a pair of 3-pointers.
On Sunday, the Raiders were named the Cascade Conference's team of the week. They're off to their best start in eight years.
SOU begins conference play at home on Friday and Saturday against two of the CCC's best, Concordia and Warner Pacific.