Doty's Sets Career Wins Record
MCMINNVILLE, Ore. – Linfield coach Larry Doty earned career victory No. 325 to surpass Ted Wilson as the all-time winningest basketball coach in program history and the Wildcats earned a hard-fought 72-66 Northwest Conference victory over visiting Pacific Tuesday night at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
Doty, in his 25th season at his alma mater, moved past Wilson, his college coach, who earned 324 victories in 20 seasons as Wildcats coach. Doty's career record stands at 325-320.
Zach Anderson, the NWC’s leading scorer, contributed 30 points and six rebounds, while David Lee added 15 rebounds for Linfield (4-14, 2-7 NWC), which snapped a five-game losing skid.
Pacific (8-10, 2-7 NWC) was led in the scoring department by Ernesto Mayz’ 14 points and 13 each from Charles Mosley and David Berney.
Momentum shifted early as Wildcats guard Brandon Harris completed a 3-point-play, sparking a 7-0 run. Linfield continued to build off the scoring spree, racing to a double-digit lead midway through the first half.
Aided by Anderson’s 13 first-half points, Linfield stretched its lead to 33-22 by the break. Lee grabbed five rebounds to go along with six points for the Wildcats in the first half.
The teams traded baskets to open the second half, but Linfield maintained a steady lead. The Wildcats began to pull away midway through the period, building a 20-point advantage.
Michael Moreland added an exclamation point to the Wildcats’ lead with a soaring slam dunk on a lob pass from Harris.
Pacific fought fiercely until the final buzzer, cutting the deficit to 65-57 with just over a minute remaining. The Boxers, who shot 28 percent from the field in the opening half, improved their field goal percentage by nearly 10 percent in the second stanza, outscoring the hosts 72-66.
The ‘Cats were able to withstand one final surge by Pacific, closing out the game by sinking five of their final six free throws.
AHEAD: The Wildcats travel north to visit NWC foe Pacific Lutheran Friday night in Tacoma, Wash. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 o’clock at PLU’s Olson Auditorium.