Nov 27, 2017

Bruins Close Road Trip Against Kingsmen

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By: Alex Plusquellec

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. --- The George Fox men's basketball team continued its California road trip Monday evening, falling 94-88 at the hands of California Lutheran University.

Recap:

The Bruins and Kingsmen traded buckets early before Cal Lutheran separated itself at the midway point of the first half. Thomas Rico got the Bruins on the board first with a jumper before Mason Green-Richards nailed a three to give the Bruins an early lead. The Bruins made seven first half threes but also turned it over seven times.

The Bruins trailed by double digits for most of the final 10 minutes. Coming out of a timeout trailing 44-31, another jumper by Rico and a three by Jackson Januik cut the deficit to eight, but the Kingsmen responded with two quick baskets to push their lead back to 11.

Despite shooting 50% from the field, the Bruins trailed 51-40 at the half.

Green-Richards opened the second half by knocking down three free throws after getting hit on a three point attempt, but the Bruins struggled to find any momentum.

Trailing 68-55, Dylan Hamlett scored six straight points and Januik knocked down a jump shot to get the Bruins to within seven but the Kingsmen again stretched the lead to 13.

Down by 16 with just over three minutes to play the Bruins' persistence finally paid off. Ryan Lacey, Januik and Green-Richards each hit shots as the Bruins put together a 9-0 run to cut the Kingsmen lead to 87-80. After a Kingsmen free throw, Lacey scored five straight, and the lead was down to five.

A three point play by Cal Lutheran's Blake Miles put the Kingsmen back up by eight, but Januik's third three pointer of the night got the Bruins right back to within five, 93-88

With the game clock inside one minute and the Bruins forced to foul, the Kingsmen made the free throws they needed to finish off the 94-88 victory.

Top Performers:

Januik's career-high 18 points led the way for the Bruins, who had four players score in double figures. Lacey added 17 points and eight rebounds while Hamlett and Green-Richards scored 16 points apiece. After turning the ball over seven times in the first half, the Bruins made adjustments, going the final 20 minutes without a turnover.

What It Means:

The Bruins finished their road trip 2-1 and now sit at 3-2 on the season.

What Comes Next:

After returning home, the Bruins will head to Linfield to battle the Wildcats on Dec. 1. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.