Feb 04, 2017

Green-Richards, Rico Lead Bruins in Win Over Lutes

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: Jake Ryan

NEWBERG, Ore. --- It was a near wire-to-wire finish for the George Fox men's basketball team Saturday, as the Bruins blew by the visiting Lutes of Pacific Lutheran, 101-70. 

The Lutes held their only lead of the game at the 19:07 mark after Dylan Foreman hit a 3-point shot in the opening seconds. The Lutes 3-2 lead was short lived, as the Bruins held the lead for the following 39 minutes of play.

JJ Lacey and Ryan Thistlewood helped the Bruins stay on track with back-to-back threes to give the Bruins a four point lead, 10-6. Lutes' Brandon Lester hit a three of his own to bring the score within one, 10-9, but Mason Green-Richards scored the Bruins next 10 points to improve the lead to 20-12 at the 13:46 mark. The Lutes didn't have an answer for the Bruins, as points came in from five different Bruin players to expand the lead to 32-19.

PLU was able to keep the game close, but the Bruins remained in the driver seat. George Fox ended the first half with an 11 point lead, 52-41. Green-Richards led all players with 14 points, going 3-6 from the field and 8-8 from the charity stripe.

The second half was an offensive showing by the Bruins, who went on a 27-8 run after 10 minutes of play. With a 27 point lead and 9:55 left in the game, the Bruins continued to put the pressure on the Lutes. The Bruins largest lead came in the final minutes of the contest after Felix Tsai knocked down a fade away jumper to bring the score to a 31 point edge, 99-68.

"Everyone came to play tonight," said Green-Richards. "I think practice really set the tone this week and you can see the result of that."

The Bruins finished the contest shooting 57.6 percent from the field and 84.2 percent from the free throw line.

"We did a great job finding the open man tonight," said Rico. "We played physical and with confidence on both sides of the ball tonight. It was a great team win." 

Top Performers:
Green-Richards led the Bruins with 22 points, while Thomas Rico added 20. Dylan Hamlett was two rebounds shy of a double-double with 13 points and eight rebounds. Lacey was the final Bruin in double figures with 11 points. Green-Richards went 12-12 from the free throw line, which ties the George Fox All-Time record with best free throw pct. at 1.000 (min. 10 attempts).

What It Means:
The Bruins improve to 9-12 overall and 7-5 in the Northwest Conference. The win also moves the Bruins up to third in the NWC standings.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins will look to keep the streak alive as they go on the road to take on Linfield Friday, Feb. 10, at 8p.m.