Jan 20, 2018

Pioneers Hold On Over Bruins

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

PORTLAND, Ore. --- Despite big nights from Ryan Lacey and Thomas Rico, the George Fox men's basketball team fell to the Lewis and Clark Pioneers in a back and forth affair, 81-78.


The Pioneers opened the game on fire from behind the arc, knocking down a trio of three pointers in the opening minutes. Lewis and Clark led by as much as 12 in the first half, but the Bruins made their run.

Trailing 27-15, Lacey went on his own 10-0 run to get the Bruins within two. The Bruins took their first lead on Kevin Dent's layup with 7:41 to play in the half.

Tyler Yost helped the Bruins build a five point lead at the six minute mark, but the Pioneers were able to erase the deficit and roll into halftime leading, 44-42.

Rico put the Bruins back in front to open the second half with a three pointer assisted by Green-Richards. The Bruins held steady, taking a three point lead inside 10 minutes to play. Rico found his groove again, ripping off six straight to push the lead to nine.

The Pioneers continued to battle, clawing their way back to regain the lead 78-76 with 56 seconds to play. Rico got into the lane to finish a game-tying layup, but the Pioneers were able to get to the free throw line in the final seconds and secure an 81-78 victory.

Top Performers:

Lacey handed in a 20 point, six rebound night, while Rico went for 20 points, four rebounds and two steals. Green-Richards added 14 points.

What It Means:

The Bruins now sit at 5-12 and 1-7 in the Northwest Conference.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins are back in action Friday, Jan. 26, as they host the Willamette Bearcats at 8 p.m.