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Men’s College Basketball: Umpqua shoots past Lane, 100-75

February 1, 2018 GMT

WINCHESTER — When it’s on, the Umpqua Community College men’s basketball team is awfully tough to beat at home.

The Riverhawks lit up Lane offensively with 14 3-point field goals and rolled to a 100-75 Northwest Athletic Conference Southern Region win on Wednesday night.

Umpqua (14-7, 5-3 South) is tied with Linn-Benton (15-6, 5-3) for third place in the league standings. Top-ranked Portland (18-3, 7-1) and No. 6 Clackamas (14-7, 6-2) hold down the top two spots.

The Riverhawks, who led by as many as 35 points against the Titans (10-10, 2-6), shot 50 percent (38-for-76) from the field, 48 percent (14-for-29) from 3-point range and 77 percent (10-for-13) from the charity stripe. UCC outrebounded Lane, 50-34.

Umpqua had four players finish in double figures, led by Eric Klekas with 31 points. The freshman guard from Elko, Nevada, hit seven of his nine 3-pointers in the second half.

“I think we played tough and played strong,” said UCC coach Daniel Leeworthy. “We played to our game plan. It wasn’t the smoothest of games by any stretch ... we had some uncharacteristic turnovers. Sometimes when you’re up big the players get carried away, but I thought we battled all night long and were able to find the open man.”

Klekas only had eight points in the first half, but was hot as a firecracker over the last 20 minutes. He hit five consecutive treys during one UCC run.

“We moved the ball really well in the second half,” Klekas said. “A lot of guys spread it around, and I just got jump shots and set my feet and put them in. I was wide open. Ethan (Betts) and Connor (Shaw) do a great job. Whoever has the hot hand they go to him.”

“Eric is terrific shooter,” said Leeworthy. “I think in the first half he was 2-for-8, then he caught caught fire. We ran a few plays for him, and in transition our guys found him and did a great job. He’s one of the best shooters I’ve ever coached at any level, and is a terrific teammate as well.”

The Riverhawks got 19 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals from Betts. Coleman Johnson posted a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Shaw had 13 points and six assists. South Umpqua High product Cody Gray made the only shot he attempted, grabbed seven rebounds and made three assists in 16 minutes.

Leeworthy was able to empty his bench midway through the second half.

“I think the biggest thing is we won,” Klekas said. “We came off a hard loss on Saturday (at Clackamas), and it was good to get back on our feet with a win. That’s the best thing we can take away from it.”

Keiron Goodwin scored 28 points for the Titans, who shot 41 percent (31-for-75) from the field and 21 percent (5-for-24) from beyond the arc.

Umpqua is 4-0 at home, but 1-3 on the road in league play.

“Last year we played great on the road,” Leeworthy said. “This year we’ve been terrific at home. We’ve got a young team ... we’re starting four freshmen and they’ve got to learn how to win on the road. When things aren’t going their way, they need to be mentally tough more than physically tough.”

“We’re going to have to find a way to do it on the road,” Klekas admitted.

Leeworthy is pleased with the crowd support the Riverhawks have received this season.

“They’ve been fantastic, our guys certainly appreciate it,” the coach said. “We always say our town, our team as a motto for Roseburg and Douglas County. We get great local support. Everyone has embraced the women’s and men’s teams this year.”

UCC will host Mt. Hood (7-12, 3-5) at 4 p.m. Saturday.

LANE (75) — Keiron Goodwin 12-24 2-4 28, McKay 5-17 0-0 10, Holland 2-5 3-4 7, Marteliz 2-8 0-0 6, Kelley 2-7 3-4 7, Sorber 2-5 0-0 4, Hubbe 0-0 0-0 0, Goddard 4-6 0-0 9, Swadberg 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 31-75 8-12 75.

UMPQUA (100) — Eric Klekas 10-18 2-2 31, Shaw 5-13 0-0 13, Johnson 8-15 2-2 18, Gray 1-1 0-0 2, Betts 9-13 1-2 19, Erhardt 0-0 0-0 0, Draney 1-3 0-0 3, Reno 0-1 2-2 2, Apambire 0-3 0-0 0, Hillman 1-1 0-1 2, Lehrer 2-3 0-0 4, Rippingham 1-2 0-0 3, Vasquez 0-3 3-4 3. Totals 38-76 10-13 100.

Halftime — UCC 51-38. 3-Point Goals — LCC 5-24 (Marteliz 2-8, Goodwin 2-4, Goddard 1-3, McKay 0-7, Holland 0-2), UCC 14-29 (Klekas 9-14, Shaw 3-8, Draney 1-2, Apambire 0-1, Rippingham 1-2, Vasquez 0-2). Total Fouls — LCC 15, UCC 11. Rebounds — LCC 34 (Kelley 7), UCC 50 (Johnson 12). Assists — LCC 5 (Holland, Marteliz 2), UCC 23 (Shaw 6). Turnovers — LCC 8, UCC 15.