Johnson, Hepp lead Willamette to 87-66 victory over Southern Oregon

* Marques Johnson, Willamette
* Ryan Hepp, Willamette
Marty Reid, Western Baptist
Eric Fiegi, Western Baptist
Matt Larson, Linfield
Zac Olson, Southern Oregon
* Co-MVP

Second-round games
At Willamette University (Cone Field House)

Johnson, Hepp lead Willamette to 87-66 victory over Southern Oregon

SALEM — Seniors Marques Johnson and Ryan Hepp led Willamette for the second night in a row as the Bearcats rolled to an 87-66 victory over Southern Oregon in the fourth and final game of the John Lewis Holiday Classic in Cone Field House.

Johnson scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds while Hepp scored 19 points as the Bearcats remained unbeaten on the season at 4-0. Southern fell to 1-8 on the year.

Johnson and Hepp were named co-Most Valuable Players of the tournament.

The Bearcats also got a big game from junior Miles Sandgathe, who had 19 points, four assists and three steals. He made all 11 of his free throws and was four for five from the field. On Friday night, he went three for three from the floor and four for four from the line.

Southern Oregon was led by Zac Olson’s 19 points. He was named to the all-tournament team.

The Bearcats rolled to a 45-27 halftime lead behind Johnson’s 14 points and three steals, and 11 points from Sandgathe. WU out-rebounded SOU 23-14 in the initial 20 minutes.Larson’s free throws enable Linifeld to hold off Western Baptist, 79-75

SALEM — Linfield’s Matt Larson canned seven of eight free throws in the final 1:07 as the Wildcats held off the Western Baptist Warriors 79-75 in the second round of the John Lewis Holiday Classic at Willamette University.

The game was tight throughout and was last tied at 63 before Matt Kitchen put the Wildcats (4-0) ahead to stay with back-to-back lay-ins with just over four minutes to play. The closest Western (2-7) got the rest of the way was 73-71 following a three-point shot from Marty Reid.

Linfield was led in scoring by Larson and Travis Jones, who each finished with 13 points. Larson also had a team-high nine rebounds. Cornell Williams added 12 points on six of seven shooting from the floor.

WBC got a game-high 22 points from Reid. Eric Fiegi added 17 points and 10 boards, while Ben Morris chipped in with 16 points.

Linfield out-shot Western 38.7-37.7 percent and out-rebounded the Warriors 50-44.