Nov 18, 2016

Bruins Open Season Against Stags of CMS

A Winning Tradition

  • 3 NAIA National Tournaments (1973, 1990, 1992)
  • 1 NAIA District Championship (1990)
  • 22 NAIA District Tournaments
  • 3 NAIA Top 25 National Rankings (1990, 1991, 1992)
  • 4 Northwest Conference Tournaments (1997-1998, 2009-2010, 2012-2013, 2016-17)
  • 2 Cascade Conference Tournaments (1994, 1995)
  • 2 NCCAA National Tournaments (1985, 1987)
  • 7 NCCAA Regional Tournaments (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
  • 1 NCCAA National Coach of the Year
  • 3 NAIA District Coaches of the Year
  • 2 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 17 All-Americans
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Photo Taken By: Shelby Byerly

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team kicked off its season opener Friday, as the Bruins welcomed the Stags of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps into Wheeler Sports Center. The Stags came away with the win, beating the Bruins, 73-60.

Both teams had to shake out the dust in the opening minutes, as the contest marked the season opener for both squads. The Bruins found their footing at the 16:14 mark after Isaac Lee made a nice three to give the Bruins their first lead of the game at 6-5. A minute later, JJ Lacey extended the Bruins lead to three after finishing hard at the rim. The Stags responded midway through the first half with a 7-0 run to retake the lead at 16-12. Play was back and forth from there on out, as neither team wanted to give an inch.

CMS went into the half with a three point lead, 35-32.

Despite the Bruins being out-rebounded in the first half, 24-8, they were excellent from the 3-point line, shooting 42.9 percent at the break. The Stags on the other hand shot 3-16 from the 3-point line for an 18.8 percent clip.

The Bruins came out swinging in the second half, scoring on their first three possessions. Ryan Thistlewood was the main contributor for the Bruins, hitting a nice fade away jumper at the 18:34 mark and a 3-pointer at the 18:09 mark. The Stags seemed unfazed, though, answering each point with a basket of their own. The Stags tried to break away from the Bruins at the 8:53 mark, but Lacey responded with a deep three to put the Bruins down by two, 54-52. That margin would be the closest the Bruins would get for the remainder of the game, as the Stags increased their lead to 11, 64-53, with 3:56 left in the game. The Bruins fought hard until the end trying to close the gap, but time was not in their favor.

The Bruins forced 15 turnovers to their 10, and recorded eight steals on the night.

Top Performers:
Lacey and Hamlett both finished with 15 points to lead the Bruins in scoring. Hamlett records a new career-high, surpassing his old record of 10 points in the 2015-16 season. Johnathan Doutt and Thistlewood contributed seven, while Lee was a benefit off the bench, leading the Bruins with a team-high five rebounds.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins (0-1) will host Chapman University Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 8p.m. in Wheeler Sports Center.