McMINNVILLE, Ore. – A double-double by K.C. Wiser and a hot shooting night from Zach Anderson carried the Linfield Wildcats past the Pacific Boxers, 76-65, in Northwest Conference men’s basketball action Saturday night at Ted Wilson Gym.
Wiser finished with a game-high 20 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead the host Wildcats to the victory.
Linfield raised its record to 9-14 and 5-9 in the NWC. Pacific saw its record sag to 3-20 and 2-12 in the conference.
A buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Anderson to end the first half gave Linfield a five-point edge heading into intermission, 30-25. Anderson totaled nine points in the period, hitting a trio of 3-pointers. Michael Moreland came off the bench to hit 3-of-4 shots over the first 20 minutes.
As Anderson continued his scoring tear in the second half, Wiser picked up steam. After the Boxers limited the NWC’s leading scorer to five points in the first half, Wiser found his shooting rhythm to the tune of 15 second-half points. Anderson finished with 17 points and five rebounds.
Linfield continued to hold the lead throughout the second half. After Wiser canned a 3-pointer with 11:02 on the clock, the Wildcats led by double digits, 53-42. The margin grew to as many as 17 minutes later. Pacific could come no closer than eight points the rest of the way.
A quartet of Boxers scored in double figures, led by the 15 points and eight rebounds of Colin Wester. Carson Bartlett and LeMar Anglin each had 13 points while Andrew Beatty drop in 10 points.
The game was highlighted by the introduction of Linfield’s 2000-01 team, the last Wildcat squad to capture the NWC championship.
AHEAD: Linfield is back in action Friday at home against the George Fox Bruins. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m. Prior to the game, the Wildcats’ three seniors – Wiser, Sergio Rosario and Ryan Lobdell – will be honored. The season concludes Saturday night at Pacific Lutheran.
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