Feb 03, 2018

Bruins Narrowly Fall To Loggers

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

TACOMA, Wash. --- The George Fox men's basketball team squared off with the Puget Sound Loggers Saturday night, falling in a very tight game, 101-100.


Puget Sound came out hot to start the game, and the Bruins took some time to find their groove. Trailing 24-11, Thomas Rico and Mason Green-Richards hit back-to-back three pointers to cut the deficit to seven.

Green-Richards knocked down three free throws at the 8:04 mark to cut the Loggers' lead to 31-28. The Loggers still remained in control, but two layups by Dylan Hamlett in the final minutes of the half kept the Bruins within striking distance.

Despite trailing by as much as 15 points in the early minutes, the Bruins were able to get into halftime down only two, 50-48.

Rico opened the second half with a three pointer, and the Bruins took their first lead on the very next possession.

Once the Bruins claimed the lead, the two teams sparked a back and forth run in which neither team built a lead greater than three points during a six minute stretch.

At the 13:05 mark, the Loggers were sporting a 69-60 lead and seeking to pull away but the Bruins were not going anywhere. Hamlett's layup with nine minutes to play gave the Bruins the lead again at 73-72.

The Bruins and Loggers revved up their intensity, keeping one another in check. With 2:16 to play, Ryan Lacey nailed a three pointer to give the Bruins a 95-90 lead. The Bruins were the first to 100, leading by four with 40 seconds to go.

Coming out of a timeout, the Loggers got the stop they needed. Trailing 100-98, Puget Sound's Easton Driessen hit a three point with six seconds remaining to drop the Bruins by a final of 101-100.

Top Performers:

Green-Richards went for 32 points and five assists for the Bruins, who shot 49.4% from the field as a team. Rico dropped off 22 of his own while Hamlett notched a double-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

What It Means:

The Bruins lose a close one and now sit at 6-15 overall and 2-10 in the NWC.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will play host to Whitworth Friday, Feb. 9, with tipoff set for 8 p.m.