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PORTLAND, Ore. – Ryan Potter sank four 3-pointers and Ryan Cali planted three more treys but the two namesakes' outside shooting was not enough to carry Linfield past Concordia-Portland Thursday night.
CU scored five seconds into the contest on Adam Herman's layup and the hosts never trailed after that on the way to a 83-67 nonconference victory at Cavalier Gymnasium.
The NAIA-affiliated Cavaliers upped their season record to 9-3 while the NCAA Division III Wildcats slipped to 2-6.
Potter finished with a team-best 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Cali went 4-for-12 from the field while adding eight rebounds.
Concordia's Kory Kirwan came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
Tied at 12 in the first half, the Cavs went on an 8-0 run and eventually pushing their lead to a dozen points, 40-28, by intermission.
Chris Dirks controlled the glass for the Wildcats, pulling down a game-high seven rebounds while adding seven points and two assists.
Concordia stretched its lead to as many as 19 points twice in the second half before Linfield made a run at it in the closing minutes. The ‘Cats narrowed the margin to 10, 77-67, on Potter's free throw with 1:35 to play but the Cavs scored the final six points to secure the win.
Concordia outrebounded Linfield 36-29 and shot .529 from the field to the Wildcats' .377.
COMING UP: Linfield enjoys a break from the schedule for the Christmas holiday, then treks to Las Vegas to compete in the D3hoops.com Classic on Dec. 29-30. The ‘Cats oppose Bridgewater (Mass) before taking on Carroll (Wis.) the following day.