Senior Eli Thornton came off the bench and scored 19 points to lead the Raiders. Junior Humphrey Jackson finished with 13 points.

Using a big second half, the Southern Oregon men's basketball team opened its season Thursday night with a 76-60 victory over Pacific Union in Angwin, Calif.

The game was the opener for both squads. The Raiders travel to Dominican University tonight and to Eugene on Sunday for an exhibition game against the NCAA Division I Oregon Ducks.

Senior Eli Thornton came off the bench and scored 19 points to lead the Raiders. Junior Humphrey Jackson finished with 13 points.

The two teams played tight in the first half, with the Raiders holding on to a 34-28 lead at halftime. In the second half, SOU took over and led by as much as 18 points.

"We really struggled shooting the ball in the first half," SOU coach Brian McDermott said. "But in the second half we changed up our defense and were really able to get out and run and started to get some easy baskets."

As a team, the Raiders shot 44 percent for the field, but went only

2-for-19 from the 3-point line. Thornton connected on 9 of 13 attempts from the field.