Eugene, Ore. – The Titans fell in another close game, this time at home against Portland, 85-82, courtesy of a buzzer beating three.
First half: The Titans took their first lead, 7-6, off a Tashon Brown assisted, Rodney Hounshell three 3:40 into the half. The Panthers went on a 9-1 after the Hounshell three to make it a 15-8 Portland lead with 13:09 remaining in the half. The Titans did immediately respond with a 9-3 run to cut their deficit to one-point, 18-17, with 10:55 remaining.
Down seven, 28-21, with 8:40 remaining, the Titans went on a 9-0 run to take the lead, 30-28. After a tie game at 30, the Titans got five points from Ty Horner and Rodney Hounshell to take their largest lead to that point, 35-30, with 4:22 remaining. Despite the run, the Titans allowed Portland to come back and take the lead with a 9-0 run of their own down to the 2:42 mark, leading 39-35. From the 1:44 mark on, the Titans went on a 9-0 with threes from Jesse Hubbe, Chris Case and then a buzzer beating three by Rodney Hounshell to give the Titans a 44-39 halftime lead.
Second half: The Titans got their lead as high as eight, 49-41, 1:07 in the half thanks to a Jake Willemsen three. After Portland responded with a three, the Titans got four points from Ty Horner to extend their lead to nine, 53-44, with 2:21 gone in the half. The Titans lead was reduced to three, 55-52, with 14:42 remaining, but Rodney Hounshell and Isaac Lange scored five quick points to push the lead back to eight with 13:37 remaining.
After some back and forth with the Titans lead staying between three and seven points, Tashon Brown returned the lead to seven, 75-68, with 6:07 remaining. After Brown's basket, Portland went on an 11-0 run to the 3:56 mark and took a four-point lead, 79-75. The Titans were able to tie the game at 82 with 1:09 remaining after an Isaac Lange made a three and Jake Willemsen made a free throw. After a defensive stop, the Titans took a timeout. Out of the timeout the Titans isolated Jesse Hubbe and with one second left he missed a three and Portland got the rebound and took a timeout. After a clock review the Panthers made a buzzer beating three to win the game. The play was also reviewed and was confirmed that it was released in time by the officials.
What stood out:
80 points: The Titans have lost all seven games when allowing 80 points or more … 20: 0-4 when committing 20 or more fouls against NWAC opponents … 37 points: The Titans have lost by an average of 6.1 PPG in the six home losses this season … 5: last five losses have been by single-digits and by an average of 3.6 points … 18.6: average margin of victory in their five NWAC wins vs 8: their average margin of defeat in nine NWAC losses.
Who stood out:
Ty Horner: led all scorers with 24 points and added eight rebounds, one assist and one steal; he's averaging 18.1 PPG in conference play … Rodney Hounshell: scored 22 points and added 14 rebounds, four assists and two steal; ninth 20-point game; his sixth double-double; he's averaging 23.3 PPG in conference play, 3rd in the NWAC.
What it means:
The Titans stay in eighth place, 3.5 games behind Chemeketa for the fourth and final playoff spot.
The Titans (11-9, 2-7) travel to co-first place Umpqua (20-2, 8-1) on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m.