NEWBERG, Ore. – A year’s worth of frustration boiled over Friday night at Wheeler Sports Center, where the Linfield Wildcats hammered the George Fox Bruins 61-37 to snap a five-game losing streak with with their first road victory of the season.
Mired in a campaign that has produced just four wins before Friday night, the Wildcats listened as coach Larry Doty continually preached patience on offense from the sideline.
Zach Anderson scored a game-high 22 points – all but seven in the first half – and Linfield shot a crisp 52 percent from the field in the first half on its way to snapping a 17-game road losing skid that spanned more than a year. David Lee went 6-for-9 from the field to finish with 16 points, 11 rebounds and two assists. Freshman Andrew Batiuk (Soph., Tualatin, Ore.) turned in a double-double of his own, netting 12 points and 12 rebounds in 36 minutes of action.
Their last road win coming on the same floor last January, the Wildcats resolve to win their final road contest of the season was evident in multiple hustle plays.
Led by 11 early points from Anderson, the Wildcats assumed a 20-6 advantage during the opening 10 minutes.
The Bruins went without a field goal for 9½ minutes, long enough for Linfield to extend its lead to 26-8 with 6:34 to go in the half.
Anderson made 7-of-9 from the floor on his way to 17 first-half points, part of the reason the Wildcats shot 52 percent from the field in the opening half. The Bruins, meanwhile, made just six baskets in the period on 29 attempts, for a less-than-stellar 21 percent accuracy.
The Wildcats kept the defensive pressure on throughout the second half, holding the Bruins to just 19 points and 22 percent shooting for the game.
A check of the George Fox record book revealed the Bruins’ 37 points was the second-lowest output in program history.
Linfield, for its part, aided by 42 missed shots by the Bruins, pulled down a season-high 50 rebounds, including 13 at the offensive end. Anderson had nine rebounds and Matt Kalbfleisch had five boards to go along with five points, two assists and one blocked shot.
NEXT: Linfield wraps up its season at home Saturday night against the Puget Sound Loggers. Anderson and Lee, the Wildcats’ two graduating seniors, will be honored prior to the 8 o’clock tipoff. Live internet coverage starts at approximately 7:50.
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