Dec 21, 2017

Despite Four Players In Double Figures, Bruins Can't Contain Thunder

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
  • Two Northwest Conference Players of the Year
  • 17 All-Americans
  • Three NBA Draft Picks  

By: Alex Plusquellec

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Despite four Bruins scoring in double figures, the George Fox men's basketball team could not take down visiting Wheaton College, losing 86-81.


The Bruins' first half shooting struggles continued as they converted on just 13 of 36 attempts. Mason Green-Richards got the Bruins off to a fast start scoring five of the team's first seven points, but the Thunder countered with an 11-2 run to grab an 18-9 lead.

Just before the six minute mark, Isaac Lee nailed a three to give the Bruins a 31-29 lead. The Thunder responded again, closing the half on a 17-2 run to take a 46-33 lead into the break.

Needing a spark in the second half, the Bruins got it from Green-Richards. After battling back and forth with the Thunder for most of the beginning of the second half, Green-Richards knocked down a pair of free throws and a three pointer to give the Bruins a 70-69 advantage.

A tip-in by Ryan Lacey pushed the lead to 72-69 for the Bruins, but once again the Thunder made the key buckets to pull away.

Trailing by four, Thomas Rico's layup got the Bruins to within two, 83-81, but it wasn't enough as the Thunder closed the game out at the free throw line and claimed the 86-81 road victory.

Top Performers:

Green-Richards poured in 20 points followed by Rico who finished with 15. Jonathan Doutt and Lacey each pitched in 13 for a Bruins squad that battled foul trouble all night.

What It Means:

The second half showed the Bruins have the capability to battle back from late deficit. Now sitting at 4-6, the Bruins will have a week to work out the kinks.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will return to action Dec. 30 to take on Trinity (Texas). Tip is set for 6 p.m. at Wheeler Sports Center.