Dec 30, 2017

Career Nights From Green-Richards and Lacey Boost Bruins Past Tigers

A Winning Tradition

 
  • 3 NAIA National Tournaments (1973, 1990, 1992)
  • 1 NAIA District Championship (1990)
  • 22 NAIA District Tournaments
  • 3 NAIA Top 25 National Rankings (1990, 1991, 1992)
  • 4 Northwest Conference Tournaments (1997-1998, 2009-2010, 2012-2013, 2016-17)
  • 2 Cascade Conference Tournaments (1994, 1995)
  • 2 NCCAA National Tournaments (1985, 1987)
  • 7 NCCAA Regional Tournaments (1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988)
  • 1 NCCAA National Coach of the Year
  • 3 NAIA District Coaches of the Year
  • 2 Northwest Conference Coaches of the Year
  • 17 All-Americans
  • 3 NBA Draft Picks  
 

Photo Taken By: Shelby Byerly

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team closed out the calendar year with a big win over Trinity (Texas) Saturday night, riding the efficient scoring of Mason Green-Richards and Ryan Lacey to a 92-85 home victory.

Recap:

The Bruins entered tonight's game against the visiting Tigers looking to snap a three-game skid. In the first minute, Jonathan Doutt's steal set up a 3-pointer from Green-Richards and the Bruins used that early momentum to jump out to an 8-4 lead over the Tigers through the first three minutes.

Trinity fought back and grabbed a share of the lead with just over 11 minutes to play in the first half. The shifting of the tides helped the Tigers control most of the final 10 minutes before halftime, but the Bruins made a late push thanks to buckets by Lacey, Doutt and a three by Tyler Yost to tie the game at 40-40 going into the break.

Neither team was able to establish control to start the second half as both teams traded baskets in the opening minutes.  

Green-Richards jumper gave the Bruins a 50-44 lead near the 17 minute mark but the Tigers rallied to regain the lead with 14 minutes to play.

After a three by Green-Richards gave the Bruins a four point lead, the game-changing play came from Lacey, who drew contact on a layup and went to the free throw line. The three-point play gave the Bruins a 65-58 advantage, one they would not relinquish.

Michael Mercado-Smith nailed a three to give the Bruins a double digit 84-73 lead and Green-Richards iced the game at the free throw line to lock up the 92-85 victory for the Bruins.

Top Performers:

Green-Richards powered the Bruins with a career-high 33 points and six rebounds, while Lacey backed him up with a career-high 22 points and a team-high nine rebounds. Thomas Rico and Dylan Hamlett each finished with nine points apiece while Jackson Januik led the Bruins with five assists.

What It Means:

The win over the Tigers gets the Bruins back on track, bringing their record to 5-6 on the year.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will begin Northwest Conference play with a home game against Puget Sound Friday, January 5, at Wheeler Sports Center. Tip is set for 8 p.m.