Nov 24, 2017

Bruins Thump No. 15 Stags On The Road

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By: Alex Plusquellec

POMONA, Calif. --- The George Fox men's basketball team shot 54% from beyond the arc and rode the duo of Thomas Rico and Mason Green-Richards as they took down No. 15 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 91-73 Friday night.

Recap:

The Stags and Bruins went back and forth in the early minutes of the game with Rico and Green-Richards helping the Bruins keep pace. Trailing 16-15 at nearly the halfway point of the first half, a three pointer by Green-Richards gave the Bruins a lead they would not relinquish. Three pointers by Rico on consecutive possessions helped extend the Bruins' lead to 25-18 with 12 minutes remaining in the half.

After the Stags cut the lead to three, Jackson Januik and Felix Tsai each chipped in to help the Bruins regain momentum before Ryan Lacey scored six straight points in the midst of a 13-0 run to give the Bruins a 42-26 lead.

In the final two minutes of the first half, Green-Richards went on a run of his own, scoring seven points to give his team a 52-36 lead going into halftime.

The Bruins kept the momentum rolling in the second half, pushing their lead to 21 after a Dylan Hamlett layup and another three by Rico. The Stags were able to cut the lead to 12, but the Bruins quickly regained control and pushed their lead back to 68-51.

Down the stretch, the Bruins turned up the heat on the defensive end, allowing just four made field goals over the final eight minutes. The Stags only mustered six made three pointers on 34 attempts and despite being outrebounded 46-38, the Bruins combined hot shooting and active defense to outrun the Stags.

Top Performers:

Rico finished with 29 points, two assists and three steals. The senior knocked down seven threes, one shy of tying his career-high. Green-Richards was efficient as well, scoring 24 points on 7-11 shooting to go along with five rebounds. Lacey added 13 points and five rebounds and Hamlett tallied 11 points to go with seven boards.

What It Means:

The Bruins' victory over the 15th-ranked Stags marks their second victory of the season and brings their record to 2-1.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins return to the court Saturday evening to take on Pomona-Pitzer. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m.