Feb 22, 2017

Bruins Travel to Whitman for NWC Semifinal Game

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  

NEWBERG, Ore. --- For the first time since the 2012-13 season, the George Fox men's basketball will make an appearance in the Northwest Conference Tournament. The No. 4 seed Bruins will face the No. 2-ranked and No. 1 seed Whitman Blues Thursday, Feb. 23, with tip-off set for 7p.m.

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Ticket Prices:
Adults: $8
Children (12 and under): $5
Senior Citizens (65 and older): $5
Students from participating institutions (With ID): FREE

About The Game:
Head Coach Maco Hamilton will coach his first NWC Tournament game for the Bruins, as the program has appeared in the tournament four times since joining the NWC in the 1995-96 season.

The last time the Bruins made the tournament was in 2012-13, where the Bruins faced Whitman in a 90-78 decision. This time around, the Bruins have their hands full, as the top-ranked Blues have produced a clean slate with an overall record of 25-0.

The game marks the sixth straight season the Blues have clinched a spot in the NWC Tournament. The winner between the Bruins and the Blues will face the winner between the No. 2 seed Whitworth Pirates and No. 3 seed Linfield College Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7p.m.

How The Teams Stack Up:
The Blues are the top team in the conference in scoring with an average of 90.9 points per game, but fall short at the free throw line. Whitman ranks out as the worst team from the stripe with a team percentage of 64.8. The Bruins are third in the NWC in scoring at 79.5 points per game, and shine from beyond the arc with the second best percentage at 39.2.

The Blues are led by NWC Player of the Year, Tim Howell, who finished the regular season with an average of 19.9 points per game. Austin Butler gets things done in the paint with a conference best 63.4 field goal percentage. Whitman recorded four players on the All-NWC list with Howell and Jase Harrison getting a first team nod, Butler getting second team and Joey Hewitt with an honorable mention.

The Bruins are led by All-NWC first team JJ Lacey, who finished the season with an average of 16.6 points per game – third best in the NWC. Lacey also eclipsed 1,000 points in his four years, sitting at 23rd All-Time in Career Scoring at George Fox. Thomas Rico is third on the team in scoring and received an honorable mention on the All-NWC list. Rico leads the Bruins in 3-point percentage and is fourth in the NWC at 46.8 percent. He is also the only player in the Top 10 to average over five 3-point attempts per game. Rico is second on the team in assists and first in assists to turnover ratio. Mason Green-Richards is also a tough guard for the Bruins with the second most points per game at 13.7.