Nov 17, 2018

Lacey Leads Bruins In Overtime Win Against No. 23 Oles

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 --- George Fox University took on its first ranked opponent of the 2018-19 season with a matchup against No. 23 St. Olaf (Minn.) on Saturday, Nov. 17. The Bruins battled from start to finish and ground out a 91-88 overtime win after nine lead changes and eight ties in 45 minutes of action.


The Bruins found themselves behind early, 11-7, after the first few minutes of action. The teams traded shots and St. Olaf widened the lead slightly to 19-13 with 13:22 left in the first half, but a 10-0 run from the Bruins gave them a 21-19 advantage with ten minutes left in the half.

With just under five minutes left in the half, a pair of free throws from Mason Green-Richards gave the Bruins its largest lead of the period, up 35-28. St. Olaf charged back in the final minutes to reclaim the lead briefly but a free throw and a layup from Wesley Reynolds gave the Bruins a 41-39 halftime advantage.

The Oles came out of the break with renewed intensity and built a 49-43 lead with a 10-2 burst in the first two minutes of the half. The Bruins were forced to play from behind for the majority of the second half. The Oles built their largest lead of the game, 63-50, with 13 minutes left in regulation, but the Bruins absorbed the body blows and worked their way back steadily through the final minutes.

Down by five with less than four minutes to play, the Bruins used layups from Green-Richards and Reynolds to close the gap after back-to-back defensive stops. A pair of free throws from Ryan Lacey gave Bruins a 78-77 lead with 1:15 to play, but the Oles made a late free throw to force overtime.

The Oles grabbed a three-point lead in the first moment of overtime, but a pair of treys form Jackson Januik and Lacey gave the Bruins an answer and an 84-82 lead. The Bruins never let up after that and finished the game off by hitting their free throws for a statement win over the Oles with a 91-88 final score.

Top Performers

Lacey carried the day for the Bruins with 24 points and added three boards, three assists, and a pair of steals - Lacey is now nine for 15 from deep to start the season. The Bruins' bench came through in a big way, outscoring the Oles' reserve unit 26-4 to help overcome a 13-point deficit in the second half. As a team, the Bruins hit their free throws at a 84% clip – 21 for 25 – as compared to the Oles' 18 for 30 performance at the charity stripe.

What It Means

The Bruins are 2-0 to start the year and nudge Coach Maco Hamilton within two victories of his 50th at George Fox. This also marks the first win over a ranked opponent for George Fox since a 91-73 win over then-No.15 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Nov. 24, 2017.

What Happens Next

George Fox hosts California Lutheran on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7:00 pm in its final home game before a two-game trip to Colorado for the Rocky Mountain Thanksgiving Classic hosted by Colorado College.