Jan 31, 2017

Bruins Fall Short to Pioneers

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By: Alex Plusquellec

PORTLAND, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team took on the Pioneers of Lewis & Clark College Tuesday night, falling to the Pioneers in the final seconds, 84-80.

The Bruins trailed early in the opening minutes, as the Pioneers jumped out to a 10-4 lead. Mason Green-Richards and Johnathan Doutt helped the Bruins bounce back, as the duo hit back-to-back threes to put the Bruins up two, 12-10.

The Bruins extended their first lead to five, 20-15, after JJ Lacey hit the Bruins fourth three of the game at the 10:59 mark. Both teams traded points for the next three minutes before the Bruins pushed their lead up to six, 31-25.

George Fox surrendered its lead with 2:37 left in the first half after the Pios scored eight straight points, 38-37. Lacey helped the Bruins secure a one point halftime lead, hitting a layup in the final seconds, 44-43. Lacey and Doutt led all players at the half with 10 points. The Bruins went 7-11 from beyond the arc to shoot 63.6 percent at the break.

The tides changed in the second half, as the Pioneers poured it on from the field and beyond the arc. Lewis & Clark shot 55 percent from the field and 41.2 percent from the 3-point line.

Despite the hot shooting, the Bruins managed to hold the lead for the first 10 minutes of play. Doutt continued his hot shooting late in the second half, knocking down a deep three to put the Bruins up by three, 76-73.

The Pioneers answered with five straight points to retake their lead, 78-76, with four minutes left in the game. Two scoreless minutes went by as both teams attempted to get the edge on one another. Bruins' Willie Perkins put the Bruins within two on a layup, 80-78, and knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the score up, 80-80, with 50 seconds left. The Pioneers answered back with a layup and finished the game on the free throw line in the final seconds.

Top Performers:
The Bruins recorded six players in double figures on the night, as Doutt and Perkins led the group with 13 apiece. Ryan Thistlewood finished with 12 points and Thomas Rico added 11. Both Lacey and Green-Richards ended their night with 10.

What It Means:
With the loss, the Bruins fall to 8-12 on the season and 6-5 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will host Pacific Lutheran Saturday, Feb. 4, at 6p.m.