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: Jake Bienvenue

LA VERNE --- Playing in its second game in less than 24 hours, the George Fox men's basketball team ran away with a 107-68 victory over the Leopards of La Verne University, Wednesday afternoon.

Recap:

Mason Green-Richards set the tone early, opening up the scoring with a long ball to spark the Bruins to an explosive 28-15 start.

Green-Richards went a scorching 5-5 from deep in the first nine minutes to lead the Bruins' offensive onslaught.

The back end of the first half saw the Leopards start to hit shots as the teams traded blows, but Dylan Hamlett and Ryan Lacey combined for eight straight points around the five-minute mark to help keep George Fox on top.

The score was set at 44-21 with just over five minutes left in the period.

La Verne capped off the half with a 14-4 run to cut the lead to 15 heading into halftime.

The Bruins led 52-37 at the break on the back of 17 from Green-Richards and 16 from Lacey. The team shot an impressive 9-16 from deep while staying pesky on the defensive end, coming away with eight steals.

George Fox remained consistent on offense through the second half, responding with buckets whenever La Verne looked to claw its way back into the game.

Around the 12-minute mark, the Leopards were one point away from being back within double-digits, but Dylan Hamlett, Michael Mercado-Smith, Kevin Dent and Wesley Reynolds combined for 12 straight points to keep La Verne at bay.

Kalu Stricklin hit seven straight points at the back end of the second half to put the game away for good.

The high-powered Bruin offense was on full-display in George Fox's 107-68 route of La Verne.

Top Performers:

Five Bruins found their way into double-figures, including two who hit the 20-point mark. Green-Richards led all scorers with 24, hitting 5-8 from deep to go along with five steals. Lacey had 20 points, seven rebounds, and three steals. Stricklin tied his career-high in points, finishing with 16 on 6-7 from the field. Hamlett finished with 13 points and six rebounds, and Dent added 10 off the bench.

What It Means:

The Bruins end the 2018 year with an overall record of 8-3 – tying last year's overall season already in wins (8-17).

What Comes Next:

The Bruins will enjoy a nice break away from basketball before they get back into Northwest Conference play Friday, Jan. 4, at Pacific Lutheran. Tip is set for 8 pm.