OLYMPIA, Wash. — Eric Thompson carried the Southern Oregon men's basketball team for 38 minutes Friday against Evergreen State.
But with the game on the line, David Sturner and Tim Weber took their turns.
Thompson poured in a career-high 38 points, but the sixth-ranked Raiders needed clutch 3-pointers from Sturner and Weber to survive an 80-76 win over the Geoducks at the Costantino Recreation Center.
The Raiders upped their record to 16-3 overall and 4-2 in the Cascade Conference going into tonight's game at Northwest University. Evergreen dipped to 1-12 and 0-6.
The Geoducks positioned themselves to pull off a monumental upset, leading 74-70 with 2:17 left after a 23-7 run that included three of their 10 3-pointers and two buckets-and-one.
That's where Sturner and Weber came in. After an SOU 3-point miss, Sturner grabbed an offensive rebound, took a couple dribbles back and buried a 3. Evergreen turned the ball over on its next possession.
Sturner got into the lane on SOU's ensuing trip and kicked out to Weber, who hit a triple on the right win as the shot clock expired to put the Raiders up for good, 76-74, with 38 seconds remaining.
Sturner finished 5-for-7 with 13 points and 10 rebounds, his 11th double-double of the season. Jacob Kaler scored 10 points, Jeff Bush had eight assists and Kyle Tedder totaled eight points and four assists off the bench.
Those were all just complementary pieces to Thompson, however. The 6-foot-7 junior forward, who also registered eight rebounds, went 9-for-10 from the field in the first half — including 5-for-6 from 3-point range — to score 26 of SOU's 42. He was 12-for-20 in the game.
Thompson's previous high was 34, which he'd done three times and most recently against The Master's on Nov. 9. He's scored 30-plus on eight occasions in his career.
Aside from their 3-point shooting, the Geoducks were able to stay in the game by limiting their turnover total to 10 — five fewer than SOU's. They also limited the Raiders to six offensive rebounds and in turn got off 15 more field-goal attempts.
The Raiders' advantage was at the foul line, where they went 15-for-17 to Evergreen's 4-for-5. Thompson went 8-for-9 and Tedder was 5-for-6.
Kaler gave the Raiders their largest lead at 63-51 with one of their 11 3-pointers at the 10:54 mark. The Geoducks immediately made their move.
Dre Taylor paced Evergreen with 16 points.
The win was SOU's fifth straight in the series.
At Olympia, Wash., Southern Oregon used its size advantage to record an 86-72 win over Evergreen State in Cascade Conference play.
The Raiders (15-4, 4-3 CCC), ranked fifth in rebounding nationally, had a 27-15 advantage on the glass in the first half, leading to a 39-22 halftime edge.
Allison Gida pulled down eight of those rebounds on her way to a career-high 15. After going 0-for-6 in the first half, she also highlighted SOU's hot-shooting second half by going 5-for-7, finishing with 17 points, seven assists and six steals.
SOU (11-7, 3-3) shot 60 percent (15-for-25) in the second half, with Bree Park hitting three of her five 3-pointers. Park was 5-for-8 on 3s for 15 points off the bench.
Kristen Schoenherr went 8-for-11 with 16 points and seven rebounds, and Autumn Durand chipped in 12 points and six boards.
At Forest Grove, five pins paved the way as sixth-ranked Southern Oregon improved to 4-2 in dual meets with a 43-6 win over Pacific University.
Jacob Stigall (125 pounds), Trevor Hancock (133), Travis Patrick (157), Brock Gutches (174) and Taylor Johnson (197) all won by fall.
Johnathon Gay's major decision at 141 pounds and Clayton Burtis' forfeit win at heavyweight also got the Raiders bonus points. Tyler Cowger (149) helped with a decision.
SOU is 51-6 in the series against the Boxers and has taken 22 of the last 23 meetings.
Phoenix put the clamps on Ashland's leading scorers in the second half and posted a 50-28 nonconference victory in Ashland.
Georgia Williams and Michaela Dunn scored 19 of the Grizzlies' 23 first-half points, but they were held to two in the third and fourth quarters. Ashland (5-7) managed just five points after intermission.
Williams scored 12 points and Dunn nine for the game.
Bailee Tally scored 13 first-quarter points on perfect shooting to ignite the Pirates (8-3). Tally was 4-for-4 from the field, including two 3-pointers, and 3-for-3 at the free-throw line in the opening period. She totaled 19 points to lead all scorers.
Baylee Toney recorded 15 points and 15 rebounds for Phoenix. Point guard Amanda Skaff turned in a solid all-around game with four points, six steals, five assists and four rebounds.
PHOENIX (50) — Tally 19, Vaught 3, Skaff 4, Wyncoop 2, Marshall 3, Toney 15, Hamilton 4, Wallack 0. Totals: 19 7-11 50.
ASHLAND (28) — Williams 12, Dunn 9, Altig 2, Tilley 2, Kasiah 2, Sukles 1, Rodriques 0, Greenberg 0, Teixiera 0, Walters 0, Lenthe 0. Totals: 11 4-5 28.
Phoenix 22 5 15 8 — 50
Ashland 7 16 3 2 — 28
3-point goals — Phoenix 5 (Talley 3, Vaught 1, Toney 1), Ashland 2 (Williams 2).
JV score — Ashland 32, Phoenix 29.