Men’s hoops season ends with win, loss at home

Joe Stuart, Staff Writer

The men’s basketball team defeated the George Fox University Bruins (5-11, 11-14) on Saturday after falling to the Pacific University Boxers (6-10, 12-13) on Friday.

The Linfield Wildcats’ (5-11,11-14) Friday loss put the cap on a four-game losing streak, as they lost 85-76.

Pacific was out for revenge, having lost to Linfield earlier in the season, and came out shooting, leading for the entirety of the game.

After leading 39-25 at halftime, the Boxers kept it up in the second half, stretching their lead to as much as 18.

Pacific was led by guard K.C. Harrison who had 22 points, half of which came from the free-throw line, and post Skyler Burgess, who posted a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

Linfield was able to cut the lead to as small as five points, going on a 17-6 run in the final 10 minutes. They were led by guard Vince Romeo, ’19, who scored 23 points, including four three-pointers.

On Saturday, Linfield was able to snap their losing streak and send lone senior Kevin Hurley out on a win, beating George Fox 82-70.

It was Linfield who dominated on Saturday, not allowing the Bruins to lead and at one point leading by as much as 22.

The ‘Cats got off to a hot start, shooting eight for 10 from the field in the beginning of the game, and five for five on three-pointers, including three from guard Eric Daul, ’19, who would finish the game with a season high 16 points.

A large bulk of Linfield’s success came from the free-throw line, where team members shot 21-22, their best free throw shooting all season.

They were led by a bounce-back game from Kyle Maloof, ’17, who dropped 22 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. It was Maloof’s first double-double since January 22nd, the last time Linfield played George Fox.

Vince Romeo, ’19, also contributed, scoring 18 points and recording eight rebounds. Hurley recorded eight points and five assists in his final game as a Wildcat.

The Wildcats 11-14 final record was good enough for seventh place in the competitive Northwest Conference and is a seven-win increase from last season’s 4-21 record.