Nov 16, 2018

Bruins Kick Off Classic By Eclipsing 100 In Win Over Whittier

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 Seth Preuss

NEWBERG --- The Bruins played host to the Poets of Whittier College to kick off the 2018-19 season as part of their Bruin Classic on Friday, Nov. 16. A standout offensive performance from Mason Green-Richards and a stat-stuffing day from Ryan Lacey led the Bruins past the Poets with a 108-98 final.

Recap

The Bruins began the game matching their opponents shot for shot for an early 16-15 lead after five minutes of play. As the teams traded runs and stops, the Bruins got a trios of treys from their senior shooting guard, Mason Green-Richards in the first half – he would finish with 14 at the break behind a handful of treys, a layup, and a successful trip to the charity stripe.

The first half was more defined by free-flowing offense than lockdown defense, but there were a series of key stops that gave George Fox breathing room. Levi Dalzell came off the bench and plugged up the middle for the Bruins on back-to-back stops for the Bruins midway through the first half. George Fox took the lead at intermission with a slim 49-46 advantage.

The Bruins came out of the locker room on an absolute tear after the break, shooting 75% from downtown in the first ten minutes of the second half. The pace slowed in the final six minutes as both teams ratcheted up their defensive intensity, but the Bruins' lead only continued to grow.

A good feed from Dylan Hamlett to Kevin Dent in transition gave the Bruins their largest lead of the day at 96-81 with four minutes left. Another late surge from the Poets made the game interesting down the stretch as some sloppy ball-handling and late turnovers by the Bruins kept the door open for Whittier, but the Bruins held off the rally and finished with a ten-point win in regulation.

Top Performers

Green-Richards was on fire from deep all afternoon, canning triples at an astounding 64% clip – seven of eleven on the day – and finished with 33 points to open his senior campaign. Lacey ended the day with 23 points while shooting 62% from the field and 71% from deep – five for seven – to lift the Bruins. Lacey also added five boards, six dimes, and a pair of steals in a do-it-all day for George Fox.

What It Means

The Bruins open the 2018-19 season with a 1-0 record and move closer to a pair of personal milestones, as Coach Maco Hamilton is now three wins away from his 50th at George Fox and Green-Richards marches to 1000 career points. The senior guard began the year with 913 on his career ledger and is now just 54 points shy of the millennium marker.

What Happens Next

George Fox closes out the Bruin Classic with a tilt against No. 23 St. Olaf (Minn.) on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 3:00 pm.