Dec 07, 2018

Seven Bruins Score In Double Figures Against The Pirates

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 Seth Preuss

NEWBERG --- Seven Bruins scored in double figures for George Fox in a 99-74 win over Southwestern (Texas) in a dominant home-court performance. The Bruins are off to their best start in recent seasons and have shown that they can score and get stops when needed in the young season.

Recap

After Dylan Hamlett won the tip to start the night, the Bruins built an early 4-0 lead with layups from Wesley Reynolds and Mason Green-Richards. The Bruins swelled that lead to a 13-6 advantage shortly after the 15:00 mark with a jump hook by Hamlett, and a trey by JD Ahlstrom made it 16-8 a few seconds later.

After pair of free throws from Kalu Stricklin, a triple by Ryan Lacey, and an old-fashioned three-point play from Hamlett gave the Bruins a 29-19 lead with 8:54 left in the opening half. Minutes later, a pair of layups in transition for Reynolds and Lacey gave the Bruins their largest lead to that point, up 41-26 with five minutes left in the half, and the Pirates called timeout to regroup.

Transition scores and a strong performance at the foul line kept the Bruins in front by double digits into through until halftime, as the Bruins continued to play sound defense and draw contact in the lane. The Bruins ended the first half shooting 50% from the field and a respectable 70% from the charity stripe to build 49-37 lead after the opening 20 minutes of action.

The opening five minutes of the second half was a slugfest as the teams traded buckets. A layup from Green-Richards pushed the lead to 17, but the Pirates countered with a layup and a pair of triples to cut the deficit.

Led by the white-hot shooting of Jackson Januik and Green-Richards, the Bruins stretched the lead out to 19 points with ten minutes left to play in regulation. As the game moved into the final ten minutes it turned into a track meet with transition scoring on both ends. The Bruins continued to win footraces, however, and held on to a 78-59 lead with 7:35 to play.

A tip-in by Levi Dalzell gave the Bruins a 98-70 lead with 1:20 left to play and made him the seventh Bruin to score 10 or more during the game. The Bruins' reserve unit closed the game out with a strong showing to cap a 99-74 win at home.

Top Performers

Green-Richards led all players with 18 points and rounded out his line with four assists, four steals, and a pair of rebounds. Lacey added 14, Kalu Stricklin had 13, Ahlstrom tallied 11, and Dalzell, Reynolds, and Januik each added 10 apiece in the 25-point win at home. Hamlett just missed double-figures, finishing with nine boards, nine points, and a team-high six assists.

What It Means

The Bruins improve to 6-2 – their best start to a season to date under Head Coach Maco Hamilton – and will now turn their focus to the Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan. "This is a fun group, the effort and enthusiasm they have and the ownership they have over what we're trying to do is great," Coach Hamilton said after the win. "I hope we keep reaping the benefits of all the team's hard work this season."

What Happens Next

The Bruins play host for Nebraska Wesleyan on Dec. 16 at 1:00 pm in Wheeler Sports Center. The game will be a good barometer for the Bruins, as the Prairie Wolves are a perennial powerhouse in the NCAA DIII ranks and the defending 2018 National Champions.