Feb 01, 2019

Bruins Hold Off Late Boxer Push For Win In Forest Grove

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  
 

By: Seth Preuss

FOREST GROVE --- The George Fox men's basketball traveled to face Pacific (Ore.) on Friday, February 1, for a season-series finale on the Boxers' home court. After taking the first matchup with a 122-93 win on January 5, the Bruins won a second sprint to the finish in Forest Grove with a 111-105 final to sweep the season series.

Recap

After an uncharacteristically slow start in the opening five minutes, both teams began to hit their stride. The Bruins ripped off a quick 10-3 run for a 19-9 lead with 12 minutes left in the half.

The Bruins continued to build their lead and used an and-one layup and free throw from Dylan Hamlett to take a 30-15 advantage with 9:31 left to play, but the Boxers came surging back in the closing minutes of the half.

A shot-for-shot run in the final minutes gave way to a 53-41 Bruin lead at the break. The Boxers hit a shot to close within nine in the final minute, but Jackson Januik and Mason Green-Richards worked the clock down for the final shot and Green-Richards hit on a last-second trey off a feed from Januik to take the 12-point lead at the half.

The Bruins opened the second half with possession and widened their lead with a triple from Januik. A layup from Levi Dalzell gave George Fox a 64-47 lead with 17 minutes left to play, , but the Boxers didn't go away easily.

A 15-7 run in the following minutes cut the Bruins' lead to single digits. Part of that 15-7 run included a 7-0 burst in less than a minute of game action cut the Bruins' lead to nine points, 71-62, with 12 minutes left to play, but the Bruins snapped the run with a free throw from Wesley Reynolds. The Bruins pushed the lead back into double digits in short order and had to hold off a late Boxer surge to clinch the win.

With under five minutes to play, the Bruins held a 17-point lead after buckets by Reynolds and Green-Richards made the score 98-81 with 3:37 left in regulation. The Boxers slashed their way back into the game with heady transition defense and an aggressive trapping press defense and pulled within five with just over a minute remaining.

The Bruins held on, however, as Hamlett and Januik hit their free throws to maintain the lead and Green-Richards poured in a leaning, buzzer-beating dagger from deep to close out the comeback attempt.

Top Performers

Green-Richards led the way for George Fox with 22 points. All five of the Bruins' starters tallied 10+ points, and Levi Dalzell joined the starting five in double figures with 12 points off the bench. Januik just missed a triple-double with nine rebounds and seven assists.

What It Means

The Bruins improve to 6-5 in Northwest Conference play with the win and are 12-8 overall this season with five games remaining in the regular season.

What Happens Next

George Fox returns to Wheeler Sports Center to play host for Pacific Lutheran on Saturday, Feb. 2, as the Lutes come to town at 6:00 pm to close the season series in Newberg.