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Trey Ecker poured in 21 points and the Linn-Benton Community College men’s basketball team pulled away to upset Portland CC 82-63 win at home on Saturday.

Coach Everett Hartman said it was the best team effort he has been involved in during his long coaching career.

Portland came into the game as the top team in the Northwest Athletic Conference.

Ecker hit 5 of 8 3s and Christopher Morsa added 10 points and Jacob Sundquist eight off the bench. Taylor Jensen had nine.

The Roadrunners held a 37-26 edge in bench points.

The game was tied at 46 before the Roadrunners used their depth to pull away. They also hit 11 of 13 free throws in the second half.

LB (16-6, 6-3) hosts Umpqua on Wednesday.


Katie Losier's 13 points in reserve Saturday sparked the Roadrunners to a 68-60 home win against Portland in an NWAC South Division game.

"I really think it was our bench that helped us," said Roadrunners coach Debbie Herrold, noting that several starters got in foul trouble, leading the team to lean on its reserves.

Losier had three 3-pointers plus four rebounds and two assists in 25 minutes for LB, which stopped a four-game losing streak. Madeline Oakden had a team-high 19 points and five rebounds and Kelsie Henry added 14 points and four rebounds.

Aiyana Gilliard and Amber Szmyd had 14 points apiece for Portland (6-13, 2-6).

Linn-Benton (8-13, 3-6) hosts Umpqua on Wednesday.


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