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 Seth Preuss

TACOMA --- A strong first half performance paved the way for the Bruins' third Northwest Conference win of the 2018-19 season at Pacific Lutheran. The Bruins were boosted by three starters scoring in double figures, including 21 from Mason Green-Richards, on the way to an 84-74 win in regulation over the Lutes.

Recap

The Lutes won the tip and scored the first points of the evening, but it didn't take long for the Bruins to take control of the game. A triple from Jackson Januik with 16:19 left in the first half gave the Bruins a 10-8 lead. The lead would belong to George Fox for the rest of the night in a game that only featured three lead changes.

The Bruins continued to widen the gap throughout the half. A Green-Richards triple gave the Bruins a 30-17 lead with nine minutes left in the half and the lead only continued to grow. Another triple from Kalu Stricklin off a feed from Green-Richards made the score 46-32 with two minutes left in the half, and the Bruins took a 46-34 into the locker room at the break. George Fox built their lead in the first half by shooting 50% from the field, 54.5% from deep, and out-rebounding the Lutes, 20-17.

The Lutes were able to close the gap in the second half and made the game interesting for long stretches in front of their home crowd. The Bruins opened the half on a 9-2 run and built their largest lead of the game, a 55-36 advantage, after a pair of free throws from Ryan Lacey with 17:30 left to play.

The Lutes found their answers on defense after that, however, and put together a 14-2 run over the next five minutes to cut away at the Bruins' lead. With 10 minutes left to play, the Lutes trimmed the Bruins' lead to five with a triple, but the Bruins' shots started falling again on offense to finish the night.

A Lacey triple and two three throws from Green-Richards pushed the lead back to six points, 67-61, and Stricklin added a layup after a Januik steal made it 69-61 with 6:44 to play. The Lutes stormed back one more time and pulled within three with three minutes left, but the Bruins finished the game by hitting six of eight foul shots and scored on a handful of transition chances to cap the 10-point road win.

Top Performers

Green-Richards finished with a team-high 21 points on a six-for-13 shooting performance and added five boards, five assists, and three steals. Lacey tallied 18 points and seven boards, and Wesley Reynolds was the third Bruin in double figures with 10 points and five rebounds.

What It Means

The Bruins open their NWC campaign with a 3-0 record for the first time under Coach Maco Hamilton and improve to 9-3 overall.

What Happens Next

George Fox returns home to play host for Pacific (Ore.) on Saturday, January 5, at 6:00 pm.