ARCATA, Calif. – Allan Guei went 8-for-12 from the field on his way to a game-high 20 points, lifting the Humboldt State Lumberjacks to a wire-to-wire 91-58 dismantling of the Linfield Wildcats Monday night.
The ‘Jacks scored at will throughout the contest, hitting 61 percent from the floor for the game and an eye-opening 69 percent during the second period after HSU had already built a 13-point halftime advantage.
Ryan Cali (Jr., San Jose, Calif.) and Ryan Potter (Fr., Molalla, Ore.) each had 14 points for Linfield, but the two ‘Cats were the only ones from the visiting side to reach double figures in the scoring column.
HSU put up 26 shots in the second half, making 18, while Linfield managed just six buckets on 23 attempts. Chris Pender totaled 15 points and four steals off the bench, Jordan Mackie added 12 points and four assists, and David Howard added 10 points, two assists and a couple of blocks for the NCAA Division II Lumberjacks.
Humboldt State (5-4) raced to a sizable 19-point lead with the game only eight minutes old before Linfield awoke to rally to within seven points, 27-20, on a free throw by Mason Rodby (Fr., Redmond, Ore.) with 6:23 left before the break. Pender answered the Linfield surge immediately by swishing a 3-pointer that pumped the lead back to 10 and HSU never looked back after that.
Turnovers were as much the reason for the Wildcats' undoing as faulty shooting. Humboldt forced 23 Linfield miscues which led directly to 40 Lumberjack points. The ‘Cats were also outplayed close to the basket, yielding 38 points in the paint.
Kevin Hurley (Soph., Portland, Ore.) passed out four assists to go along with six points for Linfield, which dipped to 2-5 under first-year coach Shanan Rosenberg. Potter went 4-for-9 from the field while Cali sank 4-of-7 attempts.
COMING UP: Linfield plays its final game before the Christmas break Thursday night at Concordia-Portland. The Wildcats and Cavaliers tip off at 7:30 p.m.
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