Dec 21, 2016

Bruins Record Six Players In Double Figures Against Wesley College

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)
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  • 2 NCCAA National Tournaments (1985, 1987)
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  • 2 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 17 All-Americans
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Photo Taken By: Jake Ryan

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team closed out the 2016 season against Wesley College, Wednesday night, as the Bruins fell in a hot shooting event, 100-91.

Both teams weren't shy in the opening minutes, as shots poured in all around the court. Joshua Caddel was a huge spark off the bench for the Bruins, hitting back-to-back threes to give the Bruins a 19-15 lead. The Wolverines answered the Bruins shot for shot, as junior guard JW Lawson was a force on the court.

The Bruins created some breathing room at the 4:41 mark, when Dylan Hamlett and Thomas Rico combined for eight points to put the Bruins up by 12, 47-35.

George Fox maintained that lead despite the hot shooting from Wolverines, going into the half up by 11, 52-41. Lawson led both team at the break, shooting 8-10 from the field for 20 points.

The second half was similar to the first. Both teams continued to pour it on as missed shots became a rarity. The Wolverines clawed at the Bruins' lead, but George Fox did a nice job of keeping the visitors at an arm's length. Both teams traded baskets for most of the second half until the Wolverines caught fire from beyond the arc. Sophomore Evan Anderson hit four 3-point shots in the span of two minutes to give the Wolverines their first lead since the 9:45 mark in the first half. The deep ball gave the Wolverines a five point advantage with 2:39 left in the game.

The game finished out on the free throw line for the Wolverines, who shot 84 percent from the stripe. Wesley finished the game shooting 60 percent from the field (36-60) and 70 percent from the 3-point line (7-10). Wesley recorded its best shooting percentage in both categories all season.

Top Performers:
The Bruins recorded six players in double figures, led by Rico with 15. Mason Green-Richards added 14, JJ Lacey netted 13, Caddel scored 12, Hamlett contributed 11 and Ryan Thistlewood recorded 10.

What It Means:
The Bruins finish the 2016 season at 4-7 on the seaso, but remain undefeated in the Northwest Conference at 2-0.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will kick off the New Year against Lewis & Clark College on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at 8p.m.