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FOREST GROVE, Ore. - With a career-high 39 points and three game-saving baskets, K.C. Wiser carried Linfield to a thrilling 94-92 double-overtime win against Pacific Friday evening at the Stoller Center.
Linfield (6-8, 2-3 NWC) fought back to force a first overtime after trailing 70-66 with just 38 seconds remaining in regulation. After a jumper from Andrew Beatty seemed to have put the ‘Cats away, Wiser responded with a clutch 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining.
After the both clubs exchanged two free throws apiece, Beatty pushed the Pacific (3-11, 2-3 NWC) lead back out to 74-71 with eight seconds on the clock. Needing to force overtime with a 3-pointer, Wiser did just that, knocking down one of his four 3-pointers with one second left.
Wiser continued to keep the Wildcats alive in the second overtime. After falling behind by four points with less than two minutes remaining in the period, the ‘Cats battled back to force a second overtime. Once again it was Wiser providing the heroics, this time a 3-pointer with eight seconds remaining that tied the score at 81.
The Boxers kept their poise, taking an 87-83 advantage less than a minute into the second overtime. Following a jumper from Zach Anderson, Ryan Lobdell swished in a 3-pointer, giving the ‘Cats a one-point lead with 1:55 remaining.
Hanging onto a two-point lead with 21 seconds left, Linfield had a chance to ice the game away at the free throw line. The ‘Cats left the door open by missing a pair of free throws, giving Adam McElwee the opportunity to tie the score on two free throws with 11 seconds remaining.
On the ensuing possession, the ‘Cats turned to Anderson. Anderson forced the action, before missing a shot with seconds remaining. Waiting in the lane was Wiser, who tipped in the rebound as time expired.
Wiser was dominant on both ends of the floor, knocking down 13-of-19 shots and grabbing 15 rebounds. The Wildcats controlled the glass all night, outrebounding the Boxers 51-27.
Linfield was nearly unstoppable on the offensive end of the floor in the first half. The Wildcats shot 70.8 percent during the first half, on their way to a 44-30 lead at the break. Linfield added eight 3-pointers during the stanza.
Despite trailing by as many as 16 during the first half, Pacific clawed its way back into the game with the help of 21 Linfield turnovers and a 30-of-47 output from the free throw line.
The Boxers used an 11-2 run to tie the game at 64 with 2:39 left in regulation.
Each Pacific starter scored in double figures, with LeMar Anglin leading the way with 25 points on 8-of-14 shooting. Carson Bartlett added 24 points in the loss.
Linfield used solid efforts from Anderson and Sergio Rosario, with both players scoring 10 points apiece. Anderson added six rebounds and six assists.
NEXT: Linfield returns to action Saturday for an 8 p.m. home game against Puget Sound.
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