Feb 11, 2017

Bruins Honor Lacey, Caddel and Jones on Senior Night

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  

By: Jake Bienvenue

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team hosted Willamette Saturday in the last home game of the season, losing the tough conference match up, 86-77.

The Bearcats came out of the gate with something to prove tonight, jumping out to an 11-point lead in the first eight minutes.

The Bruins struck back with their own offensive onslaught led by Thomas Rico, Johnathan Doutt, and J.J. Lacey. The effort brought the home team back into the game and tied it at 31-31 with just over five minutes left.

The teams entered the break with Willamette holding a narrow advantage, 44-39.

Ryan Thistlewood started the second half with a bang, driving hard to the rack for two layups in the opening minutes.

The game was hotly contested all the way through as the Bruins hung around to challenge the hot-shooting visitors. Down by 11 with 13 minutes remaining, the home team showed grit as they were able to cut the deficit to just six with less than two minutes on the clock.

With time against them, the Bruins were forced to end the game by putting the Bearcats on the free throw line.  

Top Performers:
The Bruins spread the scoring around in this one as three players scored in double digits. JJ Lacey led the charge with 19 points and six rebounds. Rico continued to prove himself a serious threat from beyond the arc, shooting a blistering 75% from deep and scoring 13. Dylan Hamlett filled the stat sheet as well, tallying 11 points, six boards, two steals and a block. He had vicious transition dunk to put the cherry on top of a solid outing from the young big man. The Bruins also honored Lacey, Joshua Caddel and Brendan Jones on senior night.

What It Means:
The Bruins move to 8-6 in conference play and retain their third-ranked standing.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins look to bounce back at Whitworth next Friday, Feb. 17, at 8:00pm.