WINCHESTER — Clackamas started off strong, but Umpqua found its stride four minutes in, en route to a 89-60 Northwest Athletic Conference South Region men’s basketball win.

“We came out with great defensive intensity and that was the No. 1 goal,” UCC coach Daniel Leeworthy said. “They got out to an early lead where we were just feeling out the game, but we held strong on the defensive end and had a lot of contributions from a lot of guys. Our bench did a terrific job tonight.”

The Riverhawks (10-6, 3-0 South) went on an 11-0 run in the first half to go up 45-24 at halftime.

“We played together really well,” UCC post John Morrill-Keeler said.

Guard Eric Klekas added, “We played real well as a team offensively and defensively. Everyone did their job, did their part and executed the scouting report really well.”

The Cougars (12-3, 2-1) made less than 30 percent of their shots in the first half and the Riverhawks were able to get a lot of defensive rebounds to help secure the lead.

Clackamas was ranked No. 3 in Wednesday’s NWAC coaches’ poll. Umpqua was not ranked, but received one vote. The next coaches poll will be released Jan. 23.

“Good defense translates into great offense and that’s what happened tonight,” Leeworthy said.

Umpqua was led by Morrill-Keeler with 21 points and Klekas with 20. Connor Shaw contributed 11 points and nine assists.

“We found the open shooter and shot the ball well from 3 tonight,” Leeworthy said. UCC was 11-of-23 from the 3-point line with contributions from Shaw, Klekas, Max Martin, Morrill-Keeler and Brock Gilbert.

Kolten Mortensen led UCC with eight rebounds, while Cameron Benzel and Tucker Peterson both came off the bench to add seven rebounds.

Robert Ford and Adam Gehrig had 15 points apiece for Clackamas, while Matt O’Brien contributed 14. Gehrig and Ford also had nine rebounds each.

“They had a big guy down low, but I love the competition,” Morrill-Keeler said. “Sometimes we have mismatches where I have to guard wings, so I kind of like this.”

UCC will be on the road this week, playing at Southwestern Oregon on Wednesday and Clark on Saturday in hopes of extending its five-game win streak.

“Our confidence level has been high for a while, but I think this (win) made it even higher,” Klekas said. “We have a lot of basketball left to play, so we’ve got to stay focused.”

CLACKAMAS (60) — Robert Ford 5-12 4-5 15, Adam Gehrig 7-12 0-0 15, O’Brien 6-14 0-1 14, Sullivan 1-9 2-3 5, Harris 0-5 0-0 0, Escalante 0-3 0-0 0, Banks 0-3 0-0 0, Hesse 1-6 0-1 3, Stull 0-1 0-0 0, Nchekwube 2-4 0-0 5, Lyubchenko 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 23-71 6-10 60.

UMPQUA (89) — John Morrill-Keeler 9-12 2-4 21, Shaw 4-12 0-0 11, Martin 2-4 1-2 7, Mortensen 4-7 0-0 8, Klekas 8-17 0-0 20, Gilbert 1-1 3-6 6, Ehrhardt 0-0 0-2 0, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Sutton 2-3 0-0 4, Hillman 0-1 0-0 0, Benzel 2-2 1-2 5, Peterson 2-3 2-3 6, Marz 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 34-62 10-21 89.

Halftime — Umpqua 45-24. 3-Point Goals — CCC 8-36 (Ford 1-7, O’Brien 2-6, Sullivan 1-7, Gehrig 1-5, Hesse 1-2, Nchekwube 1-1, Lyubchenko 1-2), UCC 11-23 (Shaw 3-5, Martin 2-3, Klekas 4-10, Morrill-Keeler 1-3, Gilbert 1-1). Rebounds — CCC 34 (Ford 9, Gehrig 9), UCC 44 (Mortensen 8). Assists — CCC 12 (Ford 6), UCC 21 (Shaw 9). Steals — CCC 6 (Sullivan, Gehrig 2), UCC 5 (Benzel 2). Turnovers — CCC 11, UCC 9. Total Fouls — CCC 18, UCC 13. Fouled Out — Ford. Technical Fouls — Benzel.

Sports reporter Sanne Godfrey can be reached at 541-957-4203 or via email at sgodfrey@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter

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