After making six three-pointers in the first half, the Pacific men's basketball team was held to just one in the second 20 minutes and 34.6% (9-for-26) shooting from the field in a 71-58 loss to host Linfield on Tuesday in McMinville.
The Boxers (8-5, 2-3 NWC) were led by the sharp-shooting effort of junior R.J. Collins (Hollister, Calif.)., who had four 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. For the season, Collins has made multiple 3-pointers in seven games, three in four games and four in three contests.
Joining Collins in double figures was junior Nate Olowo (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), who muscled his way inside for 10 points and a team-high eight rebounds in the defeat. For the season, Olowo has been in double figures in nine occasions.
Linfield (8-6, 2-3 NWC) shot 44.4% (24-for-54) from the field in the win with three players in double figures. Kyle Maloof led all scorers with 13 points in the win, plus Riley Bruil and Austin Daniels scored 11 and 10 points, respectively. Maloof, Bruil and Daniels each made two 3-pointers in the win.
Collins made his third 3-pointer of the opening half to put Pacific up one, 22-21, with 6:40 left in the first 20 minutes. Then, Maloof hit a 3-pointer to regain the lead for the Wildcats, who never surrendered the lead for the remainder of the contest.
Nearly midway through the second half, four unanswered points by Pacific reserves Shayne Rixie (Hillsboro, Ore.) and J.J. Spitler (Bend, Ore.) cut the deficit to one, 43-42 with 10:54 to play.
Another 3-pointer by the host Wildcats, this time from Daniels ended the threat by the visitors from Forest Grove.
Twice in the final 10 minutes, Pacific managed to cut the deficit to three but no closer in the loss. Linfield sealed the win, making 14 of 16 free throws in the final 20 minutes.
The Boxers will next return home to host Lewis & Clark on Friday, Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. at the Stoller Center.
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