Umpqua Community College’s men’s basketball team held on in the final minutes against Chemeketa to come away with a 78-74 win in the Northwest Athletic Conference South Region game in Salem.

No. 4 Umpqua (17-8, 10-2 South) had a 35-34 lead at halftime. The lead changed nine times throughout the game.

With 10:06 left in the game Kolten Mortensen made a 3-point shot to give Umpqua a 51-50 lead. UCC extended it to eight points with 3:37 to go before Chemeketa (15-7, 9-3) staged a comeback and made it a 72-70 game with 35 seconds to go.

Eric Klekas made 4 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds. Tucker Peterson also made two free key free throws down the stretch to help lift the No. 2 Riverhawks.

John Morrill-Keeler led Umpqua with 24 points. Klekas added 16 points and Brock Gilbert contributed 13.

Klekas has now scored 1,013 points in his career at UCC.

Umpqua is in second in the South standings, behind Lane (21-3, 10-2). Chemeketa is in third.

Chemeketa was led by Turner Grimm with 17 points and Dalton Renne with 15.

UCC will host Clark at 4 p.m. Saturday.

UMPQUA (78) — John Morrill-Keeler 11-14 0-0 24, Klekas 4-11 6-6 16, Gilbert 5-9 0-0 13, Mortensen 4-7 0-0 9, Sutton 1-4 2-2 4, Peterson 1-1 2-2 4, Shaw 1-8 1-2 3, Martin 1-2 0-0 3, Benzel 1-4 0-2 2. Totals 29-60 11-14 78.

CHEMEKETA (74) — Turner Grimm 6-12 4-4 17, Renne 5-12 5-6 15, Gray 3-3 3-4 9, Carlisle 3-9 0-0 8, Au. Dufort 4-5 0-0 8, An. Dufort 3-8 0-0 7, McKinstry 2-4 2-2 7, Richey 1-3 0-0 2, McNabb 0-6 1-2 1, Waddington 0-1 0-0 0, Russell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-64 15-18 74.

Halftime — Umpqua 35-34. 3-Point Goals — UCC 9-18 (Morrill-Keeler 2-2, Klekas 2-6, Gilbert 3-5, Mortensen 1-3, Martin 1-1), CCC 5-19 (Grimm 1-2, Carlisle 2-6, An. Dufort 1-1, McKinstry 1-2). Rebounds — UCC 25 (Morrill-Keeler 5, Sutton 5), CCC 36 (Renne 7, Gray 7). Assists — UCC 16 (Gilbert 7), CCC 12 (Carlisle, McNabb 4). Steals — UCC 7 (Morrill-Keeler 3), CCC 7 (Gray 3). Turnovers — UCC 7, CCC 12. Total Fouls — UCC 14, CCC 13. Fouled Out — Mortensen.

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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