Dec 03, 2016

The Tale of Two Halves: Bruins Beat Loggers on the Road

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TACOMA, Wash. --- It was a tale of two halves Saturday night, as the George Fox men's basketball team rallied in the second to beat the Loggers of Puget Sound, 85-78.

The Bruins got off to a strong start in the opening minutes, as the pressure seemed to catch the Loggers off guard. George Fox went up 7-3 in the first two minutes after the Bruins forced two quick turnovers. Puget Sound settled in and marched back to take a 12-9 lead, but the scoring came to halt. Nearly two minutes ran off before either team scored a basket. The Loggers showcased their talent with a 10-2 run to take a 24-11 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half.

The Bruins did well to weather the storm, but the Loggers kept the 10 point advantage for the next nine minutes. The lead started to crack with two minutes left in the half, as Dylan Hamlett and Chris Fedler put the Bruins within seven, 38-31.

George Fox went into the break down by nine, 41-32.

In the start of the second, the Bruins flipped the script, turning the tables on the Loggers. JJ Lacey helped the Bruins, scoring a quick layup, and Hamlett sprang into action with a layup of his own. The Bruins cut the deficit to three after Hamlett finished strong in the paint, 53-50. With momentum on their side, the Bruins showed just how strong they are. Johnathan Doutt provided the fourth tie of the game at the 7:58 mark, 59-59, with a deep three. The Loggers answered with a layup on the next possession, but Lacey regained the lead for the Bruins with a three of his own, 62-61. After the Lacey three, the Bruins kept the advantage for the rest of the game.

The Loggers came close after a pair of free throws put them within two, 72-70, but a 7-3 run by George Fox sealed the deal.

"We showed a lot of resilience tonight," said Lacey. "There's no other group of guys I'd rather play with. It was a great team win for us."

Top Performers:
Lacey led the Bruins with a team-high 20 points, going 8-14 from the field and 3-8 from beyond the arc. He also grabbed seven boards in his 31 minutes of play. Hamlett finished with 13, while Ryan Thistlewood and Thomas Rico added 10 apiece. Green-Richards was a spark off the bench with nine.

What It Means:
With the win, the Bruins improve to 3-2 on the season and 2-0 in the NWC. The 2-0 start in the NWC is the best for head coach Maco Hamilton since taking over the program in the 2013-14 season.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will hit the road against Concordia-Portland Wednesday, Dec. 7, with tip-off at 7p.m.