Jan 27, 2017

Bruins Hold Off Loggers In Big 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 battled the Loggers of Puget Sound Friday night, holding off the Northwest Conference foe, 78-77. 

Mason Green-Richards began the game red-hot, scoring the first 10 Bruins' points. The Loggers hung tough, keeping pace early on. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Johnathan Doutt and Thomas Rico extended the Bruins' lead to eight before a layup from Dylan Hamlett pushed the lead to 10, 25-15. 

The Loggers responded with an 11-2 run to bring the lead to just one. In the final minutes of the first half, Green-Richards hit two free throws, adding to his 14 point first half. JJ Lacey and Ryan Thistlewood added jumpers to extend the lead to seven points. 

The Bruins took a 42-35 lead into halftime, thanks in part to their 22 bench points.

The second period began with a quick layup from Lacey, which would set him up for a big half. The Loggers continued to hang with the Bruins, going basket for basket late into the game. 

Tied at 63-63, the Bruins got two three pointers and a three-point play from Hamlett to take a late 74-69 lead. After another Hamlett bucket, the Loggers responded with quick points of their own getting a big three pointer by Jimmy Wohrer to cut the lead to two. 

With 12 seconds left, Hamlett went to the free throw line and made both for the Bruins, who held tough late to secure the victory, 78-77.

Top Performers:
Lacey went 5-7 from deep and led the Bruins with 24 points to go along with five rebounds. Green-Richards added 19 points, while Dylan Hamlett finished with a strong 13 and five rebounds. Thomas Rico was the fourth Bruin in double figures with 10 points. 

What It Means:
The Bruins forced 25 turnovers on their way to their fifth NWC win. The victory pushes their conference record to 5-4 as they sit in a tie for third place. 

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will return to action Saturday night as they travel to Forest Grove to take on Pacific. Tip is set for 6 p.m.