PHOENIX, Ariz. – Despite shooting better from the field and outrebounding its opponent by 14, Linfield dropped a disappointing 69-66 decision to Immaculata of Pennsylvania Tuesday night during the second round of games at the annual Cactus Jam Tournament at South Mountain Community College.
The Wildcats, playing without injured star K.C. Wiser, dropped their third contest in the four outings to fall to 5-5 for the season.
Linfield led by as many as 14 in the both halves and appeared on its way to its first win of the tournament. But the Mighty Macs (3-6) outscored the Wildcats 8-4 over the final 2:49 to seal the improbable victory.
Leading 40-26 just 3½ minutes into the second half, the Wildcats watched as Immaculata launched a 17-7 run. Todd Shockley’s field goal with 10:55 to play sliced the margin to three, 47-44. A layup in the paint at the 3:10 mark by Eric Barefield, who finished with a game-high 18 points off the bench, gave IC its first lead since the opening minute.
Sergio Rosario notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Ryan Lobdell pumped in a dozen points and Zach Anderson had 10 in a losing effort.
Josh Rodrigues had seven points and four assists off the bench, while reserve Seiji Blume had six points, three rebounds and two assists in 20 minutes of action.
AHEAD: Linfield meets Wisconsin-Stevens Point Thursday in the final tournament game for both teams. The Pointers (8-2) are currently ranked No. 4 in the d3hoops.com poll.
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