Jan 26, 2018

Bruins Not Enough Against Bearcats

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

NEWBERG, Ore. --- Despite dual 20- point performances by Mason Green-Richards and Thomas Rico, the George Fox men's basketball teams attempt at a late game rally fell short Friday night, losing at home to the Willamette Bearcats, 89-80.


Dylan Hamlett's opening layup gave the Bruins early momentum as they grabbed 10-6 in the opening minutes. The Bearcats made their way back, using a 16-5 run to seize a 24-15 lead with 10 minutes to go in the half.

The Bruins fought their way back, pulling within one after a three pointer by Lacey, followed by a Green-Richards' jumper. In the final seconds of the half, Green-Richards went coast to coast for a layup to cut the deficit to 40-36 at the half.

Green-Richards and Hamlett finished the first half with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Bearcats opened the second half with long three pointer, but the Bruins responded and continued to do so as Willamette tried to extend its lead.

A layup by Ryan Lacey brought the Bruins back to within four at the 12 minute mark, but the Bearcats then found a grove and built a 14 point lead over the a three minute span.

The Bruins stayed competitive, cutting into the double-digit lead. Rico knocked down a three to help get the Bruins within five, but the Bearcats were able to handle the full court pressure and pull away from the Bruins, winning 89-80.

Top Performers:

Green-Richards finished with a team-high 21 points while Rico backed him up with 20 of his own. Hamlett recorded a double-double, scoring 14 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Jackson Januik was active defensively, racking up five steals to go with his 10 points.

What It Means:

The Bruins fall to 1-8 in the NWC and 5-13 overall.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will be back on Taylor Court Saturday night as they take on the Linfield Wildcats. Tip is set for 6 p.m.