Jan 05, 2018

Thomas Rico Reaches 1,000-points Against Loggers

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. --- Despite racking up 96 points, the George Fox men's basketball team fell to conference foe Puget Sound at Wheeler Sports Center Friday night in a 108-96 slugfest.


Jonathan Doutt got the Bruins going early, scoring the first two buckets before Thomas Rico knocked down three free throws to give the home team a 7-2 lead in opening minutes.

The hot start dwindled quickly as the Loggers rebounded to tie the game 12-12. Puget Sound then seized control, going on an 18-5 run to grab a 30-17 lead halfway through the first half.

Dylan Hamlett's layup just before half cut the deficit to 58-37 after a Logger dominated first period.

The Loggers came out in the second half looking to finish the Bruins, especially after taking a 95-80 lead into the final 5 minutes.

To their credit, the Bruins continued to chip away. With just over a minute remaining, the Bruins found themselves down single digits, 98-89. After four free throws by the Loggers, Mason Green-Richards nailed a 3-pointer to bring the Loggers' lead to 104-94.

Michael Mercado-Smith knocked down a jumper in the final seconds, but it was not enough as the Loggers captured the road win 108-96.

Top Performers:

Rico led the way in a losing effort with 24 points on 7-of-14 shooting. His mark of 24 points pushed him over the edge for 1,000-points scored at George Fox, and is now tied for 36th all-time with 1,004 points.

Ryan Lacey backed him up with 20 points and five rebounds. Jackson Januik paired his 10 points with a team-high seven assists.

What It Means:

After a slew of non-conference opponents, the Bruins loss to the Loggers brings their overall record to 5-7 overall and 1-2 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will return to action Saturday evening as they take on visiting Pacific Lutheran at 6 p.m.