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MBB | Titans fall to 1-3 in conference

Ty Horner (21) makes a fade away over a Southwestern Oregon defender during the Titans 92-87 home loss to the Lakers.
Ty Horner (21) makes a fade away over a Southwestern Oregon defender during the Titans 92-87 home loss to the Lakers.

Eugene, Ore. - The Titans came back from a six-point deficit in the second half and took a six-point lead but ultimately fell by five, 92-87, to visiting Southwestern Oregon (SWOCC). 

How it happened:

First half: The half was back and forth with neither team leading by more than four points in the first 13:33. The game was tied at two, 17, 19, 28 and 30 in the first 12:43.

SWOCC went on a 14-3 run to take a nine-point lead with 2:49 left in the half. The Titans stopped the bleeding with six points to wake the offense up, but still trailed by seven.

Second half: The Titans closed the gap to one point ­– 48-47 – only 2:18 into the half. The Titans were able to even the score at 64 with 11:39 remaining after a Tashon Brown three. SWOCC immediately responded with five quick points.

At the 9:23 mark a SWOCC layup forced a Titan timeout trailing by six. A 11-0 Titan run ensued after the timeout with the Titans finally taking their first lead of the half at 73-72 thanks to another Tashon Brown three. A personal 8-0 run for Brown gave the Titans their largest lead at six -- 78-72 – with 6:59 remaining.

The Titans maintained their lead until the 3:39 mark when a SWOCC three gave them the lead back. A fourth Brown three of the half returned the lead to the Titans, but that would be the last time they led as the Lakers pulled away with a 9-2 run.

Who stood out: Ty Horner led the way with a career-high 23 points and five rebounds before fouling out in only 19 minutes.

Rodney Hounshell had another double-double with 21 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and a steal. This is his fifth double-double in 14 games; he had one as a freshman. This is also his sixth 20-point game; he had three as a freshman.

Hounshell is 15th in the NWAC in scoring at 19.1 PPG … he's tied for 17th at 7.9 RPG, but fifth among guard.

What it means: The Titans fall to a tie for sixth in the Southern Region at 1-3, three games behind Umpqua and Clackamas, 4-0.

What's next: The Titans (10-5, 1-3) travel to Mt. Hood (7-9, 1-3) on Monday at 4:00 p.m.