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No. 4 Titans bench lead them to a 24-point win

Lucas Wilson, Will Graves, and Rodney Hounshell
Lucas Wilson, Will Graves, and Rodney Hounshell

The Titans defense held SWOCC to 69 points and got offense from unexpected players in their 93-69 win at home.

How it happened: The game was tied at 16 with 11:04 remaining in the 1st half, but a Cody Mathis dunk sparked a 9-0 Titans run to the 8:04 mark. SWOCC cut their deficit to six with 3:39 remaining after a pair of free throws, but a 9-0 response to the 1:35 mark gave the Titans a 15-point lead. Lezjon Bonds made a three with 15 seconds remaining to give the Titans a 14-point halftime lead, 44-30.

The Titans shot 47.5 percent despite a 4-18 mark from three and eight turnovers; they held SWOCC to 31.4 percent shooting. Rodney Hounshell had 11 points; Lezjon Bonds had 10 points on 4-6 shooting off the bench.

A pair of Lucas Wilson dunks started a 10-3 Titan run to open the 2nd half. The Titans had their largest lead of the game at 29, 84-55, with 6:22 remaining after Gabe Sorber made a pair of free throws. Lezjon Bonds extended that lead to 33 with 5:34 remaining. SWOCC went on a small run in the final few minutes to make the game a little closer, but the Titans won by 24, 93-69.

The Titans shooting dropped a bit to 46.2 percent, but their three-point shooting was much better a 41.2 percent (7-17) and they out-rebounded SWOCC by nine. SWOCC shot 37.5 percent and made only 4-13 threes. Will Graves had 11 points and six rebounds off the bench; Cody Mathis had six points and 10 rebounds and overall 32 of the Titans 49 points came from the bench.

What/who stood out: 93 points is the first time in three games over 90 after six-straight such games…eight made free throws and nine attempted free throws are season-lows…11 made threes in the first time in three games reaching 10 made after six of seven such games…49 rebounds is a season-high vs an NWAC opponent (40 three times was previous high)…15 turnovers is the most in six games…14 fouls is the fourth-straight sub-20 foul game; 11 of previous 12 were 20 plus.

Cody Mathis had 12 points and 13 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and fourth in-a-row…Lucas Wilson's 10 points and 10 rebounds is his sixth double-double and fourth in five games….Tarik Cool's four points was a season-low and he has failed to reach double-figures in  back-to-back games and failed to reach 20 points in three-straight after 20 plus in 15 of previous 17 games…Josh Erickson had eight points; he had 10 points in the last six games…Lezjon Bonds had 19 points after 20 at Chemeketa…Will Graves had 14 points and eight rebounds; he had 14 points in the last five games.

What it means: With one more game played than 1st place Umpqua, the Titans stay ½ game behind them at 8-2 and 19-3 overall.

What's next: The Titans host 6th place Clark (12-9, 4-6) on Saturday at 4 p.m.