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A balance offensive attack lead Titans past Saints

Rodney Hounshell, men's basketball
Rodney Hounshell, men's basketball

The Titans controlled the game and kept pace for for 2nd place in the south after a 95-74 victory over visiting Mt. Hood.

How it happened: It was a one or two possession game for the first 10 or so minutes of the 1st half, but the Titans made a run to stretch their lead to 10, 31-21, with 6:27 remaining. A 14-9 run to end the half gave the Titans a 14-point lead, 44-30.

The Titans held the Saints to 28.6 percent shooting and allowed only 1-6 from three. The Titans finished the half at 48.6 percent despite 5-17 mark from three, 29.4 percent. Rodney Hounshell snapped out of a recent offensive funk with 13 first half points; Tashon Brown had a quiet two points and five assists; Cody Mathis added eight points and seven rebounds.

Another back and fourth start ended the first 10 minutes of the half with a Lucas Wilson and-one conversion to extend their lead to 20 points, 72-52. Will Graves made a three to give the Titans their largest lead of the game, 76-54, and forced a Saints timeout with 8:59 remaining.

The Saints didn't go quietly, as they would cut the deficit to 10 with 4:44 remaining. In typical Titan fashion they woke up from a lull in their execution to finish on a 15-4 run.

The Titans only committed two turnovers and shot 54.5 percent from the floor. Cody Mathis had five points and five rebounds; Tashon Brown had 11 points and four assists; Rodney Hounshell and Lucas Wilson each had nine points.

What/who stood out: Six turnovers are the sixth time under 10 and a bounce back from a season-high 18 vs Portland…22 fouls is now 10 of 11 NWAC games with 20 or more…11 made threes is sixth time vs NWAC opponent with double-digit made…23 assists is second straight game with 20 or more after eight straight NWAC games under 20.

Tashon Brown had 13 points and 10 assists (second career double-double)…Rodeny Hounshell's 22 points is the first 20-point game vs NWAC opponent…Cody Mathis had 13 points and 12 rebounds (4th career double-double)…Will Graves had nine points on 3-6 from three; Graves made 2-16 threes in four previous Southern Region games…Lucas Wilson had 14 points, including three huge dunks, and another impressive block.

What it means: The Titans are tied with Chemeketa and Linn-Benton for second place at 4-1. Umpqua leads the way at 5-0. The Titans are 15-2 overall.

What's next: The Titans visit Linn-Benton (10-6, 4-1) on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 7:30 p.m.