PHOENIX, Ariz. - It was a long night for Linfield Thursday evening in its final game of the 2010 Cactus Jam, as the Wildcats were outscored in the first half by 38 points, on their way to a 93-60 loss at the hands of No. 4 UW-Stevens Point.
With their third-straight defeat in Arizona, the Wildcats drop to 5-6 overall. The nationally-ranked Pointers improve to 9-2 on the season.
It was a wire-to-wire win for Stevens Point, as the Pointers rushed out to an 18-4 lead to start the game.
After a Zach Anderson jumper cut the deficit to 30-18 with 6:50 remaining in the half, the Wildcats were unable to score a point before heading into the break.
By the time the first half ended, the Pointers held a 56-18 lead. Linfield did not score a basket until the 16:56 mark of the second half. A Zach Meikle (Sr., Tacoma, Wash.) basket gave the ‘Cats their first points in nearly 10 minutes of action.
Stevens Point took advantage of 21 offensive rebounds and 19 Linfield turnovers. The Wildcats shot just 38.1 percent in the first half.
Jordan Brezinski led five Pointers in double figures with a team-high 13 points. All but one of 14 Stevens Point players who played scored a basket.
Meikle and Anderson led the ‘Cats with 13 points apiece.
NEXT: Linfield returns to Northwest Conference action Tuesday, as the ‘Cats travel to Lewis & Clark for an 8 p.m. game.
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