Jan 25, 2019

Bruins Outlast Loggers A Second Time In 79-78 Tacoma Thriller

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  
 

TACOMA --- The George Fox men's basketball team opened the second half of Northwest Conference play with a rematch against the Puget Sound Loggers. The Bruins won the first matchup with a come-from-behind overtime win in Newberg and used another extra period in Tacoma to topple the Loggers with a 79-78 overtime win on the road.

Recap

The Bruins got out to a fast start with an early 11-2 lead after the first five minutes of action with a burst capped by a transition score from Jackson Januik. That lead ballooned to a 20-9 advantage after a layup from Dylan Hamlett with 8:15 left to play in the half, but the Loggers were able to fight their way back.

The Loggers ripped off a 14-4 run in a four-minute span to pull within one of the Bruins, but George Fox answered back with a 12-6 burst fueled by Hamlett and Mason Green-Richards for a 36-29 lead at halftime.

The second half belonged to the Loggers as they worked to try and take control of the game. With 10:22 left in regulation, the Loggers took their first lead of the night, but the Bruins kept pace to stay in the fight down the stretch with buckets by Ryan Lacey.

A Wesley Reynolds jumper gave the Bruins a 69-66 lead with 3:38 left in regulation, and a Hamlett lay-in served as the Bruins' last points of regulation. Time expired after each team missed three-point tries in the closing seconds with a 71-71 tie to force extra time.

The Loggers scored the first four points after forcing overtime but the Bruins were able to come up with the final answer. After tying the score at 75-75 with a layup from Lacey, a fall-away baseline jumper by Green-Richards gave the Bruins the lead for good. After a missed Logger layup attempt, a last-second rebound by Hamlett sealed the win as the Bruins held off the final Logger rally for the 79-78 win in OT.

Top Performers

Four Bruins scored 10 or more in the win to power the offense. Lacey led the way for all players with 19 points, while Green-Richards added 16, Hamlett tallied 15, and Januik posted 12. Hamlett added 10 boards to his line for a double-double, including the game-sealing rebound, and the Bruin defense combined to force 17 turnovers.

What It Means

The Bruins complete the season sweep of the Loggers with another overtime win to improve to 11-7 overall and 5-4 in NWC competition this season.

What Happens Next

The Bruins return home to play host for Lewis & Clark on Saturday, January 26, at 6:00 pm in the Wheeler Sports Center.