Nov 20, 2018

Bruins Drop Close One To Kingsmen

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  
 

NEWBERG --- On two days' rest, the George Fox men's basketball team hosted the Kingsmen of California Lutheran University for a nonconference battle, dropping the highly contested game, 83-80.

Recap:

It was a game of unanswered points and tempo, as each team tried its best to seize control.

The Bruins won the tip and Ryan Lacey's layup put the Bruins up 2-0. From the jump, both teams looked eager to dominate possession and move the ball at a high pace. After five minutes of action, the score was tied four times as each team traded blows.

JD Ahlstrom checked into the game and immediately made an impact with a quick three to give the Bruins a 12-9 lead. Moments later, Ahlstrom was at it again, this time with a pair of free throws. With the Bruins up 14-9, the Kingsmen went on the attack.

The away team did well to answer the Bruins every time momentum looked to switch sides. With 13 minutes left in the first half, Cal Lu recorded its first big run of the game. The Kingsmen used the efforts of Tyler Brabant and Charlie Lee to go on a 13-0 run and take a 29-18 advantage with 9:23 left in the half. That lead extended to 15, 43-28, with 5:13 on the clock, but the Bruins had seen enough.

George Fox started its climb with less than five minutes left in the half. Mason Green-Richards made a pretty spin move in the paint for an easy layup and followed that with a deep triple to put the Bruins down 10, 43-33. The five points by Green-Richards sparked a 10-0 run by the Bruins, as Lacey ended the run with a dunk that put the crowd on its feet. With the game suddenly tied at 43-43, Lacey hit another triple to give the Bruins their first lead, 46-43, since the 12:59 mark.

As the first half ended, the Kingsmen grabbed the eighth tie of the night on a buzzer beater from deep.

Both teams went into the break tied at 46-46.

In the start of the second half, the game resumed with both teams trading baskets. The Kingsmen were able to slowly push away from the Bruins, growing their lead to nine with 11:16 on the clock, 66-57. That lead would hold true from the 10:11 mark to the 4:24 mark before the Bruins started their climb, once again.

Green-Richards helped the Bruins get back on track with back-to-back threes to cut the deficit to four, 79-75. With one minute left in the game, Jackson Januik found a wide-open Lacey cutting to the basket for the easy layup, which prompted a Kingsmen timeout.

The Bruins trailed by two with :32 on the game clock.

Januik came up big for the Bruins with a steal and was immediately fouled. Januik made his first attempt to bring the score to 81-80. The second attempt missed but Lacey grabbed the offensive rebound. Lacey kicked out to Green-Richards but the three narrowly missed. The Kingsmen closed out the game on the free throw line to take the 83-80 victory.

Top Performers:

Green-Richards finished with a team-high 25 points, going 9-20 from the field and 5-13 from the 3-point line. Ryan Lacey went 10-19 from the field and scored 22 points with six rebounds and four assists. Ahlstrom was the final Bruin in double figures with 10 points.

What It Means:

The Bruins dropped a close one and fall to 2-1 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins head to Colorado for the weekend with games against Johnson & Wales and Colorado College on Nov. 23-24.