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Salt Lake pulls away from Umpqua

November 18, 2018

Umpqua couldn’t retain an early lead as the Salt Lake Community College Bruins seized the lead for good with a 13-6 run in Saturday’s nonleague game in Taylorsville, Utah.

Salt Lake pulled away in the second half for a 102-86 victory over the Riverhawks.

Umpqua (0-2) led 15-9 six minutes into the contest when SLCC redshirt freshman Cameron Mack heated up from the field. Mack hit two 3-pointers in the Bruins’ 13-6 run that created a 22-19 lead.

Eric Klekas, who had a team-high 27 for UCC, hit a jumper in the paint with 6:02 remaining in the half to pull the Riverhawks within 38-36. Umpqua then went more than five minutes without scoring as Salt Lake (5-1) went went on an 8-0 run to take a 10-point lead.

Klekas hit a 3 with 52 seconds left in the half to end drought and get UCC within 48-39 at the half.

Mack was a thorn in Umpqua’s efforts, knocking down 6 fo 8 3-point shots and scoring a game-high 33 points. Washington State-commit Daron Henson had 14 points and seven rebounds, Jared Holman had 13 points and Hunter Schofield added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bruins.

Salt Lake, ranked No. 8 in the NJCAA, had a 15-4 advantage in points off turnovers and its bench outscored Umpqua’s 29-18.

Connor Shaw and John Morrill-Keeler both had 19 points for UCC, with Keeler adding eight rebounds. Cameron Benzel, a freshman out of Oakland High, finished with five points and a team-high 11 rebounds.

Umpqua convereted 38 of 75 field goals, but was 5-for-20 from 3-point range. The Riverhawks converted 5 of 12 free throws.

Salt Lake went 10-for-21 from 3-point range and 22-for-30 at the charity stripe.

Umpqua has Sunday off before playing Rexburg on Monday in Taylorsville. Umpqua won’t play again until Nov. 30 when it hosts the University of Oregon Club team.

UMPQUA (86) — Eric Klekas 12-25 0-0 27, Shaw 8-17 2-3 19, Keeler 9-12 1-6 19, Gilbert 1-1 0-0 3. Mortensen 1-5 0-0 2, Peterson 3-4 0-0 6, Benzel 2-2 1-2 5, Sutton 2-6, 1-1 5, Martin 0-3 0-0 0, Ehrhardt 0-0 0-0 0, Marz 0-0 0-0 0, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-75 5-12 86.

SALT LAKE (102) — Cameron Mack 11-15 5-6 33, Henson 4-8 5-8 14, Schofield 5-12 0-0 10, Colon 3-11 2-2 9, McCord 2-5 3-4 7, Holman 6-8 0-2 13, Bennett 2-6 2-2 7, Burt 0-3 5-6 5, Zekovic 2-3 0-0 4, Pandev 0-1 0-0 0, Lindsey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-72 22-30 102.

Halftime — Salt Lake 48-39. 3-Point Goals — UCC 5-20 (Klekas 3-11, Shaw 1-3, Gilbert 1-1, Mortensen 0-1, Peterson 0-1, Martin 0-3), SLCC10-21 (Mack 6-8, Henson 1-3, Colon 1-5, Holman 1-2, Bennett 1-3). Rebounds — UCC 44 (Benzewl 11), SLCC 39 (Schofield 10).

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