Grant Ellison led the RiverHawks in scoring with 20 points, as Umpqua advanced to the Elite 8 in the NWAC Championship Tournament with a 75-58 victory over Bellevue Community College. Ellison was a perfect 6-6 from the free-throw line and chipped in with 8 rebounds to help the RiverHawks control the glass, out-rebounding the Bulldogs by a 50-39 margin.
Bellevue led 14-7 with nearly ten minutes left in the half, but the RiverHawks out-scored the Bulldogs 21-4 and lead 40-25 at the half. The Bulldogs were able to close the gap to just nine points on a single occasion, in the second half, but strong defense and clutch free-throw shooting kept the RiverHawks on top.
With the victory, Umpqua moves to 19-9 on the season. They will face the winner of the South Puget Sound/Big Bend game for a trip to the Final 4. The game is set for Friday, March 10th at 4:00 pm.