Dec 16, 2018

Bruins Hang Tough Against No. 1 Nebraska Wesleyan

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  

NEWBERG --- The George Fox men's basketball team hosted the No. 1-ranked Prairie Wolves of Nebraska Wesleyan on Sunday, dropping a close fought contest, 92-81.


Tonight's game marked the fourth time under head coach Maco Hamilton that the Bruins hosted a No. 1 ranked team on Taylor Court. Nebraska Wesleyan entered tonight's game with an NCAA Division III-best in assists per game (24.9) and field goal percentage (56.3).

The Bruins came out swinging in the opening minutes, grabbing a quick 7-2 lead over the top-ranked Prairie Wolves. Dylan Hamlett opened up the scoring for the home team with a tough finish inside the paint. Moments later, the Bruins jumped out to a 10-4 lead after Jackson Januik and Mason Green-Richards both hit deep threes. The six-point advantage marked the largest lead for the Bruins in the game.

The pace of play was a factor for both teams. The Bruins were the beneficiaries of that tempo, holding the lead for nearly 10 minutes of action.

The Prairie Wolves were able to find their groove at the 7:58 mark, producing three straight baskets to claim their first lead of the game, 28-26. Over the next four minutes, the Prairie Wolves went on a 14-4 run to secure a 12-point lead, 42-30, marking their largest lead of the game.

The Bruins responded, though, slowly chipping away at the lead for the remainder of the half. With a minute left before the break, Januik drilled another deep three to put the Bruins within three, 47-44.   

The Bruins went into the break down by four, 48-44. The score was tied five times and the lead changed hands once. George Fox shot over 50 percent from the field and the 3-point line, while the Prairie Wolves shot 66.7 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Both teams went back and forth at the start of the second half, but it was the Prairie Wolves who started to create some separation. The Bruins cooled off their shooting efforts, as NWU found new life in their press break.

The Bruins closed the gap to single digits within the final minutes but were forced to play the free throw game as the Prairie Wolves secured the 92-81 victory.

Top Performers:

Jackson Januik finished with a career-high 20 points, going 8-12 from the field and 4-5 from the 3-point line. He also added six assists and two steals to his line. Mason Green-Richards added 15 points and five assists, while JD Ahlstrom and Ryan Lacey scored 10 apiece.

What It Means:

Despite the loss, the 11-point deficit marked the closest margin by the Bruins against a No. 1-ranked team. The Bruins now stand at 6-3 on the season.

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will head south to California to compete against Chapman on the 18th and La Verne on the 19th. The Bruins tip-off against the Panthers at 7 pm.