Dec 19, 2017

No. 4 Titans Too Much For Bruins

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By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Back in action Tuesday night, the George Fox men's basketball team played host to No. 4 Wisconsin-Oshkosh, falling 79-58 to the Titans.

Recap:

Despite the size and length of the Titans being an issue for the Bruins, Mason Green-Richards was able to score 12 of the Bruins' first 14 points. The Bruins held a 12-11 lead at the 15 minute mark in the first half, but the Titans upped the defensive pressure creating problems for the home team.

With Oshkosh leading 17-14 with just over 13 minutes to play in the half, the two teams went on four and a half minute scoring drought before the Titans found the bottom of the net on a layup attempt.

The Bruins offensive struggles continued. Thomas Rico's first field goal was a deep three pointer that broke a nearly nine minute scoreless streak, and the Titans lead had ballooned to 13. Rico and Isaac Lee each scored in the final minutes, but the Titans were able to build a 36-21 lead going into halftime.

After shooting 31% from the field in the first half, the Bruins found more of an offensive rhythm in the second half, the Titans were able to keep their distance. Dylan Hamlett opened the half with four straight points, but Oshkosh was quick to respond and eventually built a 20 point lead with just under 12 minutes to go.

The Bruins were unable to overcome the length and on-ball pressure from the Titans, who outscored the Bruins 52-30 in the paint on their way to a 79-58 victory.

Top Performers:

Rico led the way for the Bruins with 17 points on 7-12 shooting, while Green-Richards finished with 16 points after his hot start. Hamlett added eight points and five rebounds.

What It Means

Despite hanging with the No. 4 ranked team for a good portion of the first half, the Bruins drop their second game in a row and sit at 4-5 on the season.

What Comes Next:

Coming off a road win against No. 7 Whitworth, Wheaton (Ill.) will travel to Newberg to take on the Bruins Thursday night. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.