Dec 01, 2017

Bruins Record Five Players In Double Figures Against 'Cats

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  

MCMINNVILLE, Ore. --- The George Fox men's basketball team kicked off Northwest Conference play Friday night, as the Bruins traveled to cross-county rival Linfield College in a game that resulted in a 94-78 loss.


Both teams put on a shooting clinic in the opening game of Northwest Conference play, as both squads shot over 50 percent from the field and over 45 percent from beyond the arc.

Despite the hot shooting from both teams, the game started off at a slower pace than fans would have liked in this old NWC rivalry. The game was slow and steady in the early going, as each team tested the waters before finding an aesthetic rhythm for the crowd.

After the score was tied at 8-8 for nearly a minute, Dylan Hamlett broke the silence and gave the Bruins a 10-8 lead after a nice mid-range jumper. The Bruins continued their lead at the 10-minute mark after Isaac Lee hit a three to give the Bruins their largest lead at that point, 20-14.

George Fox did well to keep the lead for the next eight minutes, but the 'Cats mounted a comeback and cut the deficit to three at the 2:03 mark after a Tyler Watts free throw, 39-36.

The Bruins went into the half with a 42-39 lead. Thomas Rico was the leader at the break with eight points, and the Bruins led the 'Cats shooting 51 percent from the floor and 50 percent from the 3-point line.

The 'Cats flipped a switch in the second half, as they exploded in the second half shooting 65 percent from the field and a red-hot 66.7 percent from beyond the arc.

George Fox had trouble finding a rhythm in the second half, as a couple of turnovers led the easy baskets for Linfield.

The Bruins did their best to rally, but every time they cut into the deficit, the 'Cats responded with a big three.

The 'Cats finished the game with a 94-78 advantage.

Top Performers:

Dylan Hamlett led the Bruins on the night with 16 points, eight rebounds and two assists. Mason Green-Richards scored 13 points, while Thomas Rico, Johnathan Doutt and Ryan Lacey all added 10 apiece.

What It Means:

The Bruins are now 3-3 on the season and 0-1 to start NWC play.

What Comes Next:

George Fox will look to bounce back Saturday, Dec. 2, with a road game against Willamette at 6p.m.