Nov 17, 2017

Green-Richards Scores A Career-High 31 Against Rutgers-Newark

A Winning Tradition

 
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  • 1 NAIA District Championship (1990)
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By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team opened the regular season against Rutgers-Newark, falling 83-80 at home.

Recap:

The Scarlet Raiders began the game on a 9-0 run, setting the tone early. Physical on-ball defense made it hard for the Bruins to find their rhythm early, but a layup by Dylan Hamlett and a three by Mason Green-Richards got the Bruins on the board.

The Bruins tied things up at 12-12 after a layup by Green-Richards, who had the hot hand all night. The Bruins were able to put together a nice run and grab their first lead halfway through the first half. Green-Richards added another bucket to give the Bruins an eight point lead, their largest of the half.

The Scarlet-Raiders cut into the lead just before half but the Bruins took a 37-32 advantage into the break.

The Bruins started the second half looking to seize control. A Green-Richards' three pushed the lead back to eight and minutes later a steal by Isaac Lee led to a layup to give the Bruins a 50-40 lead at the 15 minute mark.

The Scarlet Raiders hung tough, chipping away at the Bruin's lead before regaining the lead 56-54 with just under 10 minutes to play.

With momentum shifting, Rutgers-Newark took advantage of the Bruins miscues, running its lead to 68-60. Two free throws from Thomas Rico and a big three by Green-Richards brought the Bruins to within three, setting up for a down-to-the-wire finish.

Inside a minute to play and trailing by eight, Green-Richards' three point play gave the Bruins life once again, cutting the lead to five. A layup by Hamlett helped bring the deficit to 80-75 before a Green-Richards steal and made three pointer brought the Bruins to within two with twenty seconds remaining.

With the Bruins forced to foul, the Scarlet Raiders made the free throws necessary to put the game away in the final seconds to seal the 83-80 road victory.

"It didn't fall the way we were hoping to tonight," said Green-Richards. "We have a really tough team with a lot of potential. When we put the pieces together, it's going to be really fun to watch." 

Top Performers:

Green-Richards kept the Bruins in the game all night, scoring a career-high 31 points to go along with nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. Hamlett added a double-double for the Bruins with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with a team-high three blocks in 28 minutes of play.

What It Means:

The Bruins drop their home opener and now sit at 0-1 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins return to Taylor Court to take on Gallaudet Tuesday, Nov. 21, with tip-off is set for 5 p.m.