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Titans sprint past Roadrunners

Tarik Cool, men's basketball
Tarik Cool signed at Idaho State to continue his basketball career.

The Titans were in some foul trouble to start but caught fire from the field and ran away from the Roadrunners, 112-53.

How it happened: The Titans scored the first six points and 12 of the first 15. Linn-Benton stayed close being down only five, 17-12, 8:57 into the game. The Titans would finish the half off in the final 10:49 with a 38-4 run and led 55-16.

Despite 55 points the Titans only shot 51.3 percent but made 6-7 free throws and 9-17 threes. They held Linn-Benton to 13.9 percent shooting and forced 12 turnovers. Tarik Cool had 19 points, five rebounds and three assists after a great 2nd half at Portland last game.

Linn-Benton came out and scored 11 of the first 15 points of the 2nd half and cut their deficit to 32 with 16:37 remaining. The Titans responded with a 28-8 run to the 9:55 mark and lead by 52, 87-35. A 18-6 run in the final 5:32 sealed a blowout victory over the Roadrunners, 112-53.

The Titans shooting improved to 63.6 percent, 64.3 percent (9-14) from three and 75 percent (6-8) from the line. The Titans defense was not quite as stout, allowing 42.4 percent shooting, but despite five threes allowed, it took Linn-Benton 16 attempts to reach that total.

Tarik Cool had 16 more points; Lucas Wilson had 14 points; Will Graves had nine points and four rebounds off the bench.

What/who stood out: 112 points is the first 100-point game in five…56.9 percent shooting is second best vs an NWAC opponent; 60.6 percent vs Everett in Dec. is the best…18 made threes is tied for the most vs an NWAC opponent; made 18 vs Tacoma and at Clark; double-digit threes made in eight of 13 conference games…41 defensive rebounds is the first game with 40 plus vs an NWAC opponent…22 assists is the fifth time in conference play with 20 plus…seven turnovers is fifth time in six games under 10 and 10th time vs NWAC opponent…14 steals ties a season-high vs NWAC opponent and first time in five games in double-digits…16 fouls makes six of seven games under 20.

Tarik Cool scored a season-high 35 points and added seven rebounds, six assists and two steals; Cool has now scored 20 plus in two straight and double-digits in three straight after no 20-point games in five games and two single-digits scoring games; Cool had 20-point games in 15 of 17…Will Graves had a season-high vs an NWAC opponent with 17 points and six rebounds off the bench; this is Graves second double-digit scoring game in his las four, had zero in the previous 15 games vs NWAC opponents…Lucas Wilson had 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists, two blocks and a steal…Tashon Brown had 14 points, five assists, four rebounds and three steals…Cody Mathis had 14 points, eight rebounds, three blocks, two steals and an assist.

What it means: The Titans remain tied with Umpqua for 1st at 11-2, and they're now 22-3 overall.

What's next: The Titans travel to 7th place Mt. Hood (8-17, 3-11) on Saturday at 4 p.m.