Jan 15, 2019

Bruins Fall To Wildcats At Home

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  
 

NEWBERG --- The George Fox men's basketball team welcomed the Linfield Wildcats to Wheeler Sports Center on Tuesday, January 15, for a Northwest Conference matchup. The Bruins got off to a slow start and trailed by 16 points at halftime before putting up a fight late in the second half. Linfield held on to win, however, outlasting a late Bruin comeback bid for a 83-69 win in regulation.

Recap

George Fox won the tip and converted on the opening possession with a layup from Dylan Hamlett, but the Wildcats quickly established their tempo and began to dictate terms to the Bruins with a 20-10 run through the first six minutes of action.

With ten minutes left in the opening half the Wildcats grew the lead to their largest of the period, 33-15, after a triple on from the slot by one of the 'Cat forwards. The Bruins answered on the other end with a Kalu Stricklin jumper, but the 'Cats continued to set the pace and run the floor, maintaining a 16-point advantage at the break with a 48-32 lead at halftime.

The Bruins tried to rally early in the second half, but a slew of turnovers and transition chances led to a 21-point advantage, 63-42, with 13:20 left to play. The Bruins were able to create takeaways and used a quick 7-0 burst to trim the deficit but the 'Cats answered back to keep their edge.

After series of defensive stands kept the Bruins in the conversation, a JD Ahlstrom trey made it 68-58 with just under seven minutes to play. Another stop and a second Ahlstrom triple made it 70-61 with 5:25 remaining as the Bruins continued to eat away at the lead.

The 'Cats had one final push left in response, as a 10-6 'Cats push iced the game and led to the 83-69 final result.

Top Performers

Wesley Reynolds provided energy and scoring for the Bruins with 11 points, seven boards, a block, and a steal. Mason Green-Richards was close behind with ten points, and Jackson Januik registered five assists, four of which led to Reynolds buckets in the paint.

What It Means

The Bruins fall to 10-6 overall and are now 4-3 in NWC competitions in the 2018-19 season after dropping their last three.

What Happens Next

The Bruins travel to face Willamette University at the Bearcats' arena in Salem, Ore., on Saturday, January 19.