PORTLAND, Ore. – Randall Jackson came off the bench for a game-high 20 points, one of three Lewis & Clark Pioneers to reach double figures in scoring during a 79-70 Northwest Conference triumph over the Linfield Wildcats Tuesday night at Pamplin Sports Center.
Tanner Brill, Adam Myren and Ryan Potter (So., Molalla, Ore.) all tallied 15 points for Linfield. Chris Dirks added 12 points and nine rebounds off the bench for the Wildcats (3-17, 1-10 NWC).
The final statistics were fairly even, with L&C shooting 46.2 percent to Linfield's 43.1. The ‘Cats forced 11 turnovers while giving up the ball just eight times. The greatest disparity came on the backboards, where the Pioneers outrebounded the Wildcats by a 39-27 spread, and from the chariity stripe, where L&C enjoyed 30 more free throw opportunities, making 25. By comparison, Linfield attempted 17 free throws, converting 13.
Freshman center Mason Rodby (So., Redmond, Ore.) began the game like a house on fire, potting the Wildcats' first three field goals as Linfield took the early upper hand 6-3. The ‘Cats held the lead until Jackson's two free throws put the Pioneers in front 11-10 with 11:49 left in the first half.
A pair of free throws from Brill, plus Rodby's jumper pushed Linfield back in front before Lewis & Clark launched a 12-5 run in the closing minutes of the period. Jackson connected on a basket with 1:30 left that gave the Pioneers their largest lead to that point, 31-25. A 3-pointer at the buzzer by Potter on a feed from Jackson Gion drew Linfield to within three, 33-30, at intermission.
The Pioneers began the second half on a 7-0 run, holding firm to their lead and never relinquishing command. The Wildcats were within four after Myren nailed a 3-pointer that made it 43-39. A layup by Justin Leathers at the 11:32 mark gave the hosts their first double-digit advantage, 54-43.
In addition to Jackson's 20 points, the Pioneers (13-7, 6-5 NWC) were paced by Leathers' 14 points and five rebounds and 15 points from reserve Kurt Parker, who made 10 of 12 free throws. Bradley Carter hauled in a game-best 11 rebounds to go along with eight points.
‘CAT SCRATCH: Tuesday's game was delayed four days by a heavy snowfall that blanketed the Willamette Valley. . . Rodby earned his first career start, producing nine points in 20 minutes. . . Brill sank eight free throws, the most by a Wildcat this season. . . Dirks' nine rebounds were also a season-high.
COMING UP: The shuffling of the basketball schedule has put Linfield in position of playing four games in the span of eight days, three of them on the road. The Wildcats head to Washington state on the draining eastern swing where they'll face defending NWC champion Whitworth Friday night followed by a Saturday encounter with Whitman. Friday's game tips off at 8 o'clock while Saturday's begins at 6. . . live audio coverage starts approximately 10 minutes beforehand.