Jan 06, 2018

Down To The Wire: Bruins Fall To Lutes In Final Seconds

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 five Bruins scoring in double figures, the George Fox men's basketball team could not take down Pacific Lutheran, falling 91-90 to the Lutes Saturday night.


Dylan Hamlett's big night started from the first tip, scoring the first eight points for the Bruins, who trailed 16-8 after the opening five minutes. The Lutes continued to build an early lead, taking control 25-14 halfway through the first half.

A 3-pointer by Jonathan Doutt cut the Lutes' lead to four at the eight minute mark. The Bruins were able to get within one, 37-36, before PLU rattled off nine straight to take a 48-36 lead into the break.

The Bruins came out hot to start the second half, erasing the double-digit deficit behind buckets from Ryan Lacey and seven straight points from Mason Green-Richards.

Once the Bruins grabbed their first lead of the game 49-48, the intensity was ratcheted up as the two conference foes battled back and forth for the remainder of the half.

Hamlett's 3-point-play helped the Bruins climb back within three after a PLU run, and two free throws from the big man gave the Bruins a 67-66 lead with seven and a half minutes to go. The Lutes' defense forced a handful of George Fox turnovers, allowing them to build a six point lead at the four minute mark.

Hamlett's energy was constant all night. His second and-one brought the Bruins to within a bucket 76-74.

With two minutes to go, the Bruins yet again found themselves down seven, 87-80. Thomas Rico knocked down a big three to bring the Bruins to within four and after the two sides traded layups, another 3-pointer by Rico got the Bruins to within one with 46 seconds remaining.

With PLU needing a basket to take the lead, Hamlett came up big, blocking a jump shot that allowed the Bruins an opportunity to take the lead. With 15 seconds to go, Lacey drew a foul and sank both free throws to give the Bruins a 90-89 lead.

In the final possession of the game, the Lutes' Zac Webb was fouled driving to the basket. His two free throws regained the lead for PLU with 1.7 seconds to go. Unable to get a final shot off, the Bruins fell 91-90.

Top Performers:

Hamlett came up big all night, recording a career-high 21 points to go with 11 rebounds, securing his second double-double of the season. Lacey led the Bruins with 24 points and grabbed six boards, while Green-Richards poured in 18 of his own. Rico, who knocked down a couple of threes late, finished with 14 points while Doutt added 11 points and six assists.

What It Means:

The close loss is the second in a row for the Bruins, who now sit at 5-8 overall and 1-3 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will get nearly a week's worth of practice before they travel to take on No. 1 Whitman Jan. 12. Tipoff is set for 8 p.m.