WINCHESTER — Umpqua Community College’s men’s basketball team made use of a mismatch against the Multnomah University junior varsity to win their exhibition game, 128-81, Friday evening.

The Riverhawks have seven players over 6-foot-6 on the roster, while Multnomah’s roster was significantly shorter. They used their height to out-rebound Multnomah 41-21 and control the tempo of the game.

Umpqua was up 63-35 at the break and the Riverhawks outscored the Lions 65-46 in the second half.

It was the first time Umpqua played an entire game this season after taking part in some jamborees.

“Obviously it’s a work in progress,” UCC coach Daniel Leeworthy said. “Some guys had some first-game jitters a little bit.”

Kolten Mortensen, a 6-7 freshman, seemed unfazed by those jitters as he led the team in scoring. Mortensen scored 25 points, shooting 12 of 13 from the field and 1-for-1 from the free throw line.

“It just comes with playing,” sophomore Eric Klekas said about jitters. “I was nervous as a freshman coming in. When you get more games under your belt you’ll get it going. You’re here for a reason, so just go out there and play to the best of your ability.”

Connor Shaw and Klekas, who were the second- and third-leading scorers for the Riverhawks last season, added 24 and 21 points respectively. Klekas and Shaw each hit two 3-pointers.

“I shoot the ball from the three as well as I wanted to and got some easy lay-ups. I also had a few turnovers that I wish I hadn’t turned over. But for the most part it was OK,” Klekas said. “We have a lot of things to work on. We have to eliminate our turnovers and talk a little bit more on defense. Most of the time they were our mistakes, we were just playing a little too fast and making lazy passes. We just have to tighten that up.”

Umpqua had nine turnovers, leading to 22 Multnomah points. The Lions turned the ball over once.

“We did some things really well and then we’ve obviously got some things to work on ahead of our trip to Utah,” Leeworthy said. “We have a size advantage and we’ll have that a lot, we just have to make sure we’re finishing well inside. Overall it was a good effort, but we just need to get better at the things we need to get better at.”

The first official game for the Riverhawks will be next Friday, when they go up against Snow College at Salt Lake Community College in Utah. It’ll be the first of three games the UCC men play in Utah.

MULTNOMAH (81) — Ben Grant 5-11 0-0 14, Joel Martinez 3-6 2-3 10, Colton Mack 0-1 0-0 0, Mitchell Bove 2-4 0-0 5, Jason Franklin 4-11 1-1 13, Chase Faris 3-6 2-3 8, Jordan Knight, 4-8 0-0 11, Joey Pascuae 0-5 0-0 0, Isaac Subitch 2-3 0-0 5, Charles Abe 0-3 0-0 0, Wallace Ungwiluk 3-5 0-0 9, KC Cole 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 29-68 5-7 81.

UMPQUA (128) — Kolten Mortensen 12-13 1-1 25, Brock Gilbert 2-4 2-2 8, Connor Shaw 11-13 0-0 24, Eric Klekas 8-12 3-3 21, John Morrill-Keeler 4-5 3-4 11, Max Martin 2-4 0-0 4, Spencer Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Jacob Sutton 3-3 0-1 6, Alec Hillman 3-4 1-1 7, Cameron Benzel 1-1 1-2 3, Tucker Peterson 6-10 3-6 17, Tyler Marz 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 53-70 14-20 128.

Halftime — Umpqua, 63-35. 3-point Goals — Multnomah 18-45 (Grant 4-9, Franklin 4-8, Knight 3-7, Ungwiluk 3-5, Martinez 2-4, Bove 1-1, Subitch 1-2, Mack 0-1, Faris 0-1, Pascuae 0-4, Abe 0-2, Cole 0-1), Umpqua 8-15 (Shaw 2-2, Gilbert 2-3, Klekas 2-4, Peterson 2-4, Morrill-Keeler 0-1, Martin 0-1). Total Fouls — Multnomah 12, Umpqua 7. Rebounds — Multnomah 21 (Pascuae, Franklin 3), Umpqua 41 (Gilbert, Shaw, Mortensen 6). Assists — Multnomah 8 (Grant, Faris 2), Umpqua 18 (Shaw 5). Turnovers — Multnomah 1, Umpqua 9.

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