Jan 13, 2018

Bruins Drop Game On Road To Pirates

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

SPOKANE, Wash. --- The George Fox men's basketball team was back on the hardwood Saturday night, looking to bounce back against the Whitworth Pirates in another Northwest Conference road test.


Jackson Januik's layup got the Bruins on the board early, but the freshman's bucket was the only made field goal for the Bruins in the first three and a half minutes. Ryan Lacey and Johnathan Doutt each got on the board, but the Bruins found themselves down 26-11 midway through the first half.

A three-pointer by Kyle Reece helped cut the deficit to 26-18 for the Bruins before Mason Green-Richards created some offense -- first knocking down a jumper, then finding Lacey for a 3-point-play -- to bring the score to 26-23.

With momentum shifting in favor of the Bruins, Thomas Rico went to the line and knocked down two free throws to tie the game at 31-31. The Pirates proceeded to regain a bit of control, finishing the half on a 10-4 run to take a 41-35 lead into halftime.

The Bruins began the second half within striking distance, but could not cash in on their opportunities. Leading 45-40, the Pirates went on a 15-3 run to grab a commanding lead.

Rico and Green-Richards were able to string together a run for the Bruins that was capped off by a layup by Lacey, and with just over nine minutes remaining the score stood 68-64, Pirates.

Over the next four minutes, Whitworth extended its lead to double-digits once more, and the Bruins were unable to overcome the deficit as the turnovers mounted. The Pirates outlasted the visiting Bruins, winning at home 89-77.

Top Performers:

Green-Richards finished with 20 points and six assists to lead the way for the Bruins. Rico added 14 points and four assists while Lacey went for 11 points and five rebounds on a night where the Bruins shot 48% from the field.

What It Means:

The Bruins lose another tough game to an NWC opponent and now sit at 1-5 in the NWC and 5-10 overall.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins are back in action on Friday as they travel to take on the Pacific Boxers. Tip is set for 8 p.m.