In their first game of the NWAC Tournament, the Southern Region Champion Umpqua RiverHawks met the #4 Seed out of the East in the Treasure Valley Chukars and sent the Chukars home on the short end of an 84-49 game.
TVCC came into the game on short rest playing on Monday against Yakima Valley in an East Region play-in game, while the RiverHawks' last game came back on March 1st.
In the first half the #1 ranked RiverHawk's prowess showed with a stifling 2-3 zone defense that generated 8 total blocked shots and 16 fast break points. Freshman forward Jordan Stotler nearly had a first half triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 blocked shots.
The second half dominance continued for UCC while the RiverHawks as they led y as many as 42 points before closing out the Chukars for a victory.
Gentry Oldham led the Chukars with 10 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists.
Umpqua will play tomorrow afternoon at 2pm against Peninsula College in the Elite 8.