Jan 12, 2018

Bruins Fall To No. 1 Blues

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

WALLA WALLA, Wash. --- With the heart of Northwest Conference play on the horizon, the George Fox men's basketball team traveled to take on No. 1-ranked Whitman College Friday night, falling to the Blues in a tough conference test.


The Blues, ranked No. 1 nationally, were not phased early. The Bruins got buckets from the Mason Green-Richards and Thomas Rico in the opening minutes but found themselves trailing 14-5 at the 15-minute mark.

Freshman Tyler Yost did his best to provide a spark, scoring seven straight for the Bruins to cut the deficit to 20-13. The Blues continued to provide pressure, maintaining a double-digit lead for the remainder of the half.

The missed shots and handful of turnovers left the Bruins staring at a 58-31 halftime deficit.

In the second half, the Bruins were unable to turn defense into offense, despite forcing 13 turnovers. The Blues continued to control the pace, and came away with a 117-63 victory.

Top Performers

Green-Richards went 6 of 14 from the field to finish with 17 points to go with four steals. Rico added 12 points on 5 of 9 shooting. Dylan Hamlett led the Bruins on the glass, pulling down seven rebounds in 19 minutes.

What It Means

The Bruins now sit at 1-4 in NWC play and 5-9 overall.

What Comes Next

The Bruins will continue their road trip north as they are set to square off with Whitworth Saturday night. Tip is set for 6 p.m.