Nov 21, 2017

Bruins Blow Past Bison For First Win Of The Season

A Winning Tradition

 
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  • 1 NAIA District Championship (1990)
  • 22 NAIA District Tournaments
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  • 2 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 17 All-Americans
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By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team exploded for 110 points Tuesday night, taking down visiting Gallaudet University 110-78 for the Bruins first win of the 2017-18 season.

Recap:

The Bruins dictated pace for the majority of the night, finding a rhythm on offense to separate themselves from the Bison after a tight first five minutes. Mason Green-Richards' three pointer gave the Bruins a 21-16 lead, and the Bruins followed it up with a steal by Jackson Januik, leading to an easy layup for Ryan Lacey. Thomas Rico found his stroke early, nailing one of his five three pointers to push the Bruins' lead to 10.

With 10 minutes to play in the half, Rico and Green-Richards hit back-to-back threes to help maintain a double digit lead. Isaac Lee entered the game and provided a spark on the offensive boards for the Bruins, providing numerous second chance opportunities.

An 11-3 run by the Bruins helped push their lead to 18 just before the half, and two quick layups in the final minute by Johnathan Doutt and Green-Richards gave the Bruins a 60-39 lead going into the break.

The Bruins opened up the second half with a 3-point-play by Rico and allowed their slick ball movement to provide an array of open looks. Leading 78-57 with just under 15 minutes to play, Lee's back-to-back threes ignited a 14-0 Bruin run, ultimately putting the game out of reach.

With Gallaudet switching to a zone in attempt to put a halt to the three point barrage, Kevin Dent found a home at the high post, scoring seven of his 15 points in the final five minutes to put the finishing touches on the big win for the Bruins.

Top Performers:

Six Bruins scored in double figures against the Bison. Rico and Green-Richards each scored 23 points and combined to go 9-14 from beyond the arc. Dent added 15 points on an efficient 6-9 shooting, while Lacey added 11 points and eight rebounds. Januik kept the offense flowing, racking up a season-high 10 assists for the freshman.

What It Means:

The Bruins pick up their first win of the season in what was their final home game before embarking on a five game road trip.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will travel to Pomona, California, to take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the Wells Classic on Friday. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m