Nov 23, 2018

Bruins' Comeback Bid Falls Short In Colorado

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  
 

COLORADO SPRINGS --- The George Fox men's basketball team played its first road game of the 2018-19 season on Friday, Nov. 23, with a neutral-site tilt against Johnson & Wales (Colo.) at Colorado College in the Rocky Mountain Classic.

Recap

The Bruins grabbed an early 9-6 lead in the fourth minute of play after a Kalu Stricklin layup, but that edge didn't hold for long. The Wildcats made a layup and three on back-to-back possessions to kick off a 10-0 run that ended with a 16-9 lead for the Wildcats.

The lead quickly grew to a 26-13 advantage for the Wildcats with 10:34 remaining in the first half. A dunk from Ryan Lacey cut the lead to eight with 9:35 left in the first half, but the Wildcats ripped off another scoring run and took a 47-30 advantage at the half.

A steal from Jackson Januik led to a fast-break layup for Dylan Hamlett on the other end to open the second half as the Bruins began the long climb to close the gap. The Bruins followed that with two stops and a pair of layups form Hamlett and Mason Green-Richards for the first six points of the half, but the Wildcats answered with buckets on three straight possessions to maintain a 55-40 lead with sixteen minutes remaining.

The Wildcats stretched the lead to 21 points with 11 minutes remaining, but the Bruins never gave up and continued to work on a comeback. In the end the effort fell short in a 92-82 loss.

Top Performers

Lacey led the way with for the Bruins with 20 points on an incredible nine for 12 performance from the field, while also adding three boards and two assists. Hamlett tallied 14 points, six boards, and two assists, and Green-Richards added 12 points with four dimes.

What It Means

The Bruins fall to 2-2 in their 2018-19 campaign after the loss. Green-Richards is now two points shy of 1000 in his career at George Fox and will have a chance to eclipse that mark tomorrow.

What Happens Next

The Bruins finish their Colorado trip with a game against tourney host Colorado College on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 6:00 pm.