Feb 18, 2017

Bruins Earn No. 4 Seed in NWC Tournament

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: Jake Bienvenue

WALLA WALLA, Wash. --- The George Fox men's basketball team traveled to Washington Saturday to take on the No. 2-ranked Blues of Whitman College in the Bruins' final regular-season game, losing the match-up, 109-95.

The Bruins struck first in this one, as sophomore guard Willie Perkins began the game with a steal and a quick transition layup to set the pace. Thomas Rico and JJ Lacey hit shots shortly after to put the visiting team up by five.

A balanced scoring effort led by a monster 14-point effort by Mason Green-Richards put the Bruins up by one with just over four minutes remaining in the half.

Green-Richards got it going again in the second half as he and Lacey combined for 21 points to keep the game close through the opening minutes.

Although the nationally ranked Whitman team led through most of the half, a gritty George Fox offense managed to cut the deficit to just two with under 10 minutes remaining.

The Bruins shot a blistering 50 percent from beyond the arc, outpacing their competition who shot only 33 percent. They also managed to register four players in double figures, though the effort was not enough to pull ahead as the home team earned the victory and the No. 1 seed in the Northwest Conference Tournament.

Top Performers:
Green-Richards continued to light it up with the second unit to the tune of 24 points, three steals, and three assists. He hit 5 of 7 from beyond the arc. Lacey and Johnathan Doutt pitched in as well, scoring 15 and 13, respectively. Rico was the fourth Bruin in double figures, managing to hit three deep balls to keep the team competitive. Dylan Hamlett controlled the painted area in this one, tallying 10 rebounds and blocking two shots.

What It Means:
The Bruins finish the regular-season 8-8 in conference play, earning the No. 4 seed in the Northwest Conference playoffs. This marks the fourth time in the program's history that the Bruins will make an appearance in the NWC Tournament.

What Comes Next:
The Bruins travel to Whitman Thursday, Feb. 23, for the semifinal of the NWC Tournament with tipoff set for 7 p.m.