Dec 02, 2016

Bruins Hold Off Boxers in a Thrilling NWC Win

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: Shelby Byerly

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team never trailed Friday night as they held on to beat the Boxers of Pacific University at home, 87-86. 

The Bruins began the game on a 9-2 run powered by a Thomas Rico three-point play and were able to extend it to a 16-7 lead four minutes in. The Bruins shot the ball well in the first half, hitting on 46% of their shots. Back-to-back three pointers from Jad Darger and Rico helped the Bruins' lead expand to 13 points with just under five minutes left before halftime. 

The Bruins and Boxers exchanged buckets over the final minutes of the first half, and the Bruins took a 48-37 lead into halftime. The George Fox bench outscored the bench of Pacific 17-9, and the Bruins scored 14 points in the paint in the half. 

JJ Lacey started the second half hot, hitting two quick three pointers to stretch the lead to 54-37. The Bruins were able to maintain a double digit lead until the 12 minute mark, but the Boxers geared up to make a run. 

Pacific got a lay-up from Nate Olowo and a three from RJ Collins to cut the Bruins' lead to eight. The Boxers kept attacking, cutting the lead to four with nine minutes to play. Dylan Hamlett got fouled making a layup and after the made free throw, the Bruins were able to extend their lead back to eight. 

Two Michael Joseph free throws brought the Boxers back to tie the game at 83-83. After a JJ Lacey free throw gave the Bruins a one point lead, Rico turned the ball over in the backcourt. Fortunately, Willie Perkins was there to alter a layup attempt by the Boxers and on the offensive end, Mason Green-Richards was fouled on a made layup. Leading 87-83, the Boxers were able to cut the lead to one, but Rico came up with a big steal to seal the win for the Bruins, 87-86. 

Top Performers:
JJ Lacey poured in 25 points on 8-12 shooting from the field as five Bruins scored in double-digits. Thomas Rico added 16, Mason Green-Richards had 12, and Dylan Hamlet kicked in 10. Willie Perkins finished with eight rebounds, and Ryan Thistlewood was solid in every category, scoring 11 points, grabbing seven rebounds and tallying five assists. 

What It Means:
The Bruins evened up their record at 2-2, and picked up their first NWC win of the season.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will travel to Puget Sound to take on the Loggers Saturday, Dec. 3 at 6p.m.