Pacific needed every bit of a 16-point cushion built early in the second half Saturday night as the Boxers fended off a Linfield rally to beat the Wildcats 64-56 in Northwest Conference men’s basketball action at Ted Wilson Gymnasium.

After outscoring the Wildcats 29-15 over the final 12 minutes of the first half, Pacific opened the second period with a 16-point advantage. The Wildcats came back to within three points with 1:13 left, but the Boxers made 6-of-8 free throws over the final minute as Linfield’s game-tying shots failed to go into the net.

Daniel Zitani led Pacific with 16 points, while Mitch Wettig notched his second double-double of the season with 13 points and 10 rebounds. They led a Pacific offense that shot 37.3 percent from the field (19-for-51) and 19-of-24 from the free throw line.

With the win, Pacific improved to 11-6 on the season, 4-4 NWC. Linfield dropped to 2-15 overall, 0-8 NWC.

Boxers to honor female athletes

Pacific University will celebrate the participation and contribution of girls and women in sport on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in conjunction with National Girls & Women in Sport Day.

Recognition of the day will take place during Pacific’s women’s basketball game against Willamette at the Stoller Center gymnasium. Women and girls who mention the day at the ticket gate will be admitted for free.

National Girls & Women In Sport Day is celebrated in all 50 states with community-based events, games, ceremonies and activities honoring the achievements of female athletes and encouraging the participation of girls and women in sports. Of the university’s over 500 student-athletes, 38.8 percent of participants are female.

“Your support of this by bringing a girl to the game will impact the efforts to increased visibility for female athletes and the struggle for equality in sports,” said Pacific women’s basketball coach Sharon Rissmiller. “We hope to see many young girls and women at the game on Tuesday.”

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Baxter leads Pacific at Boxer Open

Ryan Baxter won the 149-pound weight class Saturday, leading five Pacific wrestlers in the Boxer Open, held at the Stoller Center.

Baxter improved to 18-6 on the season by going 3-0 in his weight class. He opened the tournament with his sixth pin of the season, downing Clackamas CC’s Peter Shea in the first round. His next two wins came in close victories over Southwestern Oregon CC opponents — Quinn Johnston 7-5 in the semifinals and Aaron Nabinger-Villar 7-5 in the finals.

Bruce Balcita placed third in the 165-pound bracket, while Jacob Richards and Chris Harlin placed fourth at 184 pounds and 197 pounds, respectively. Joseph Norcia placed fifth at 184.

The Boxer Open was the final home competition for Pacific during the 2013-14 season. The Boxers return to dual meet competition on Thursday.

Pacific athletes break 14 records

Pacific began its second official indoor track and field season with a record-busting day Saturday as a total of 14 marks made it into the books at the Idaho Open, held at the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome.

Pacific athletes broke five records standing from last year’s inaugural season and established nine marks in new events.

Alexis Damo set two school records to start her season well. Damo finished seventh in the women’s 400 meters in a time of 1:05.32, and she went on to set a first-time record in the long jump with a leap of 14 feet, 4 inches.

Kris Sapp earned the distinction of setting two records in one event. He bettered the record in the men’s 60-meter dash in the preliminaries with his time of 7.39 seconds, and he proceeded to lower it in the finals, placing seventh in 7.35 seconds. Daniel Wagner added a sprint record in the men’s 60-meter hurdles, running 8.88 seconds to set a first-time mark.

Pacific saw four records set in the distance events. Lisa Martin established a first-time mark in the women’s 5,000 meters with her fifth place time of 18:55.52, while Tyler Shipley did the same in the men’s 5,000, winning by a 10-second margin with his time of 15:12.60.

Gary Fanelli opened his collegiate career by placing third in the men’s 800 meters, setting a first-time mark at 1:57.25, while Ben Thomas did the same in the mile with his time of 4:43.06. Elaina Gillespie also established a first-time mark in the women’s 800 meters with her time of 2:31.72.

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