McMINNVILLE, Ore. - K.C. Wiser scored a team-high 26 points and Linfield overcame a second-half deficit well on its way to a 75-70 win over Northwest Christian Monday evening at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.
With the win Linfield improves to 5-3 overall. Northwest Christian slides to 5-8 on the season.
The Wildcats got off to a hot start, taking an early 22-13 lead on a jumper by Josh Rodrigues at the 8:15 mark of the first half. Trailing by nine, the Beacons battled back, trimming the deficit to as few as two in the closing minutes of the half.
Coming out of the intermission, Northwest Christian continued to take hold of the game. The Beacons rallied to take a 54-47 lead with 8:28 remaining.
A 13-5 Linfield run allowed the ‘Cats to take command for good, grabbing a 60-59 advantage with four minutes remaining on a free throw by Zach Meikle (Sr., Tacoma, Wash.), who finished with 10 points in a starting role.
With the score tied at 63 and 1:57 remaining, Zach Anderson took over, scoring the five points. Two jumpers and a pair of free throws put Linfield ahead 68-63 with 52 seconds remaining.
The Beacons cut the lead to two but got no closer the rest of the way. Linfield’s free throw shooting proved key, as the Wildcats knocked down 10-of-11 free throws in the second half.
Wiser sank 10-of-17 shots while adding six rebounds, three steals and two assists. In the game, he surpassed 1,200 career points while moving ahead of Grant Ebright to 16th on Linfield's career scoring ladder with 1,225 points.
Anderson helped out with 13 points off the bench. Meikle converted 4-of-7 shots. The
Wildcats converted 54.5 percent of their shots from the floor and cash in a 91.7 clip from foul line.
Guentin Guidry carried the Beacons throughout the night, scoring 28 points on 10-of-22 attempts. The Beacons finished the evening shooting 44.3 percent from the floor. Northwest Christian was done in by poor outside shooting, as the Beacons made just 4-of-22 attempts from beyond the arc.
NEXT: Linfield head to Arizona after Christmas to take part in the annual Cactus Jam tournament in Phoenix. The ‘Cats open the tournament with a game against Simpson of Iowa.
Senior continues to carry Wildcats
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