Jan 14, 2017

Bruins Fall In Final Seconds to 'Cats

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 Plusqullec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team hosted Northwest Conference rival Linfield College Friday night in a fast-paced, back and forth showdown that resulted in a tough 75-73 loss.

The Bruins jumped on the Wildcats early as they got an eight point run from Thomas Rico en route to a 10-2 Bruin lead. JJ Lacey helped extend the lead after a steal and two quick layups but the Wildcats hung tough, trailing by only three half way through the first half.

Linfield took its first lead with six and a half minutes left in the half, 25-23, but back to back three pointers by Johnathan Doutt helped the Bruins regain a four point advantage. 

Again, the Wildcats responded as the Bruins went cold from the field. Linfield rode a 14-6 run into the half as they led the Bruins 39-34. 

The second half was a treat for fans on both sides of the battle, as the Bruins shot just under 50% from the field and the Wildcats hit half of their three pointers taken.

Linfield scored the first points of the half, but the Bruins continued to pressure the Wildcats as they chipped away at the deficit. Willie Perkins' aggressive rebounding created second chance and fast break opportunities for the Bruins. Lacey and Mason Green-Richards took turns hitting jump shots to help regain the Bruins' lead, 49-47, with 15 minutes left in the game.

The two teams began exchanging buckets until the 10 minute mark until Rico's three and Brendan Jones' layup extended the George Fox lead to 65-58. The Wildcats stayed hot from behind the arc, cutting the Bruins' lead to one with a just under five minutes left.

Doutt's third three pointer of the game gave the Bruins a four point lead, 71-67, but again the Wildcats were there to answer. Green-Richards made a layup on an assist from Jones to regain a two-possession lead, but the Bruins weren't able to get the stops they needed in the final minute. 

Linfield's Vince Romeo nailed a three to cut the lead to one, and with just seconds left Romeo found himself open again, hitting the go-ahead three to give the Wildcats a 75-73 lead. The Bruins attempted to inbound the ball down court, but the pass was intercepted as the buzzer sounded, securing the Linfield victory, 75-73. 

Top Performers:
Lacey fished with a team high 21 points, while Thomas Rico added 17 on 6-12 shooting. Willie Perkins was big on the boards, grabbing seven rebounds in 15 minutes of play. Seven Bruins recorded an assist with Brendan Jones leading the way with four. Lacey needs six points to join the prestigious 1,000 point-scorers at George Fox. He currently has 994 in his four years as a Bruin.

What It Means:
The Bruins drop to 4-2 in conference play and 6-9 after losing their first home NWC game of the season.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will return to action on Friday, Feb. 20 as they are set to take on No. 2-ranked Whitman at home. Tip is set for 8 p.m.