Nov 23, 2016

Five Bruins Score In Double Figures In Win Over Chapman

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
  • 3 NBA Draft Picks  

Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team beat the Panthers of Chapman University, Wednesday night, as senior guard JJ Lacey led the team in the 97-81 victory.

The Bruins came out swinging in the first four minutes of the game, as George Fox went on an 11-0 run to start things off. Dylan Hamlett controlled the tempo with the first basket of the game, and JJ Lacey echoed his teammate with a layup of his own. The Bruins' defense smothered the Panthers, as the away team seemed shell shocked with the fast pace play.

The Panthers settled in, though, and found their rhythm at the 11:29 mark when they went on a 10-2 run. The Bruins continued to barricade the door, keeping the Panthers at an arm's reach.

Willie Perkins hit his second three of the game at the 7:12 mark to give the Bruins a double digit lead at 22-12. The Panthers continued to claw at the lead, and even came within two late in the first half, but Bruin Johhnathan Doutt answered with a three to take a 31-26 lead. Foul trouble started to hurt the Bruins, as the Panthers ended the first half on the stripe.

Chapman went into the break up by four, 35-31. The Bruins had 14 fouls called on them, while the Panthers tallied five.

Despite being in foul trouble, the Bruins appeared to be unfazed in the start of the second, increasing their pressure by every second. The Bruins regained their lead at the 16:43 mark when Thomas Rico drained a deep three, 40-43.

From the 17:48 mark to the 13:31 mark, the Bruins went on a 28-7 run to take their largest lead of the game at that time, 60-47. With the game clock winding down, the Bruins dug in and continued to force the Panthers to speed up the game.

Rico sealed the deal for the Bruins with 2:04 left in the game, as the junior hit a wide open three in the corner to push the lead back up to 10, 87-77. The Bruins finished the game on the free throw line.

As a team, the Bruins shot 52.7 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from the 3-point line. 

Top Performers:
Lacey led the Bruins on the night with a career-high 28 points, going 11-16 from the field, 3-5 from beyond the arc and 3-4 from the stripe. Rico finished his night with 16, while Hamlett and Ryan Thistlewood added 13. Perkins also finished in double figures with 11.

What It Means:
With the win, the Bruins even up their record at 1-1.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will host California Lutheran Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:00p.m. in Wheeler Sports Center.