Feb 16, 2018

Bruins Win Slugfest over Pios

A Winning Tradition

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

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team battled Lewis and Clark Friday night, holding off the Pioneers at home for an 89-86 Northwest Conference victory.

Recap:

Jonathan Doutt got the night going for the Bruins with a three to open the game, but Lewis and Clark managed to rally to go up 12-6 at the 16:39 mark. Early on it appeared neither team would be able to establish their own tempo as the Bruins and Pioneers jockeyed for control.

Mason Green-Richards, who led the Bruins with 12 points at the half, nailed a three to give the Bruins a 22-21 lead. The next Bruin bucket wouldn't come for nearly three minutes when Tyler Yost's layup cut into what was a five-point Pioneer lead.

Dylan Hamlett created offense for himself late in the first half, scoring seven straight for the Bruins. Highlighted by a corner three-pointer and a driving layup, Hamlett's assertiveness helped the Bruins build a 39-33 lead, one they would maintain.

At the half, the Bruins led 46-39.

The Pioneers came out looking to erase the seven-point Bruin lead and did so within the first two minutes. Lewis and Clark began the half on a 15-2 run, quickly turning the tides while grabbing a 54-48 lead.

Lewis and Clark's lead would balloon to 10 at the 12:21 mark, but the Bruins were quick to counter. Green-Richards knocked down back to back three pointers to shave the deficit to five. The Pioneers extended it back to seven, but Ryan Lacey drilled a three and Thomas Rico worked into the lane for a layup, getting the Bruins to within two 69-67.

The Bruins tied the game on their next possession as Jackson Januik shook multiple defenders and found Hamlett with a no-look pass for a dunk.

Green-Richards began to take over in the final minutes, breaking a 71-71 tie with two free throws. Moments later his three-point-play pushed the Bruins' lead to five.

Lewis and Clark would tie things back up at 81-81 with just over one minute to play, but the Bruins took care of business at the free throw line, securing the 89-86 home win.

Top Performers:

The Bruins received massive contributions from multiple players. Green-Richards provided the spark when needed, finishing with 19 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Rico's hustle on defense produced three steals to go along with his 16 points while Hamlett added 17 points and nine rebounds. Lacey was clutch at the line late and turned in 15 points to go with four boards.

What It Means:

The Bruins pick up an NWC home win and now sit at 7-17 on the season and 3-12 in conference.

What Comes Next:

Saturday night is Senior Night as the Bruins will take on Pacific. Tip is set for 6 p.m.