Jan 26, 2019

George Fox Felled By Pioneers 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
  • Two Northwest Conference Players of the Year
  • 17 All-Americans
  • Three NBA Draft Picks  
 

By: Seth Preuss

NEWBERG --- The George Fox men's basketball team played host for the Lewis & Clark College Pioneers on Saturday, January 26, in Wheeler Sports Center. The Bruins fell in a 94-84 dogfight to split the season series with the Pios.

Recap

The Bruins fell behind in the early stages of the opening half after the Pios opened the game with an efficient first half, shooting 56% from the field to start the evening. After five minutes of play the Pios held an 11-4 advantage, but the Bruins went to work to cut down the Pios' lead.

A trey by Mason Green-Richards with 10:31 left in the opening half cut the Lewis & Clark lead to a manageable 17-16 margin, but the Pios pulled away again with a quick 5-0 burst. The game stayed tight to the final whistle in the opening half as the Pios took a 45-41 lead in the locker room at the break behind a career-night half from their microwave sixth man, Mak Huston.

The Bruins fell further behind to open the second half as the Pios continued to set the tempo and dictated the pace of play. With just under 13 minutes left in regulation, the Pios took their largest lead of the night with a 58-46 advantage after a layup from their star frontcourt player, Zeke Crawford.

The Bruins put on their best burst of the night, a 20-7 run, to steal the lead back with 9:18 left to play. Lacey made shot after shot during the run and Jackson Januik pushed the pace for George Fox to earn a 64-63 lead and force a timeout from the Pios' bench.

The Pios settled back in after their timeout, however, and began to play at their pace again. With five minutes left to play the Pios held a 77-70 lead. The Bruins tried to play the foul game down the stretch and got a handful of clutch triples from several players, including Kalu Stricklin, but it wasn't enough to stem the tide as the Bruins fell 94-84 to split the season series.

Top Performers

Green-Richards poured in 21, Lacey added 18, and Dylan Hamlett had 16 for the Bruins to keep pace with the Pios for much of the night, but it wasn't enough for the win. Hamlett and Stricklin each pulled seven rebounds apiece for the Bruins to lead the team.

What It Means

The Bruins fall back to .500 in Northwest Conference play at 5-5 and are now 11-8 overall.

What Happens Next

George Fox travels to take on Pacific University on Friday, February 1, at 8:00 pm in Forest Grove, Ore.