Feb 12, 2019

Second-Half Surge Gives Linfield The Edge Over The Bruins

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

McMINNVILLE --- The George Fox men's basketball team fell in a 91-84 loss to Linfield on Tuesday, February 12, in a game the Bruins needed to win for playoff positioning. A slim halftime lead gave way to a Linfield rally in the second half that put the game away for the Wildcats.


The Wildcats got out to a fast start with an early 11-2 lead in less than three minutes of game action, but the Bruins battled back to take a 12-11 lead with a Mason Green-Richards trey at 15:54.

In a back-and-forth slugfest, the Bruins traded runs with the Wildcats before retaking the lead on another Green-Richards triple with 9:23 to play and a 26-25 tally showing on the board.

The tightly-contested first half continued in fight to the finish, but the Bruins were able to create separation heading into the break behind a white-hot Green-Richards performance to end the half. Green-Richards hit on five of his seven treys in the opening half and led the way with 16 of the Bruins' 42 points in the opening period.

After the break, however, the Wildcats were able to adjust to the Bruins' game plan and did a better job of tracking the Bruins' scoring threats. Kalu Stricklin poured in nine points in the second half and Ryan Lacey matched that tally for the Bruins, but the Wildcats continued to find answers on the opposite end.

The two teams played each other to a 64-64 standstill with nine minutes to play but the Wildcats pulled away for good after converting an and-one play to jump-start their last stretch run. With five minutes remaining, a Jackson Januik jumper pulled the Bruins back within three points, down 76-73, but the Wildcats held on to ice the game for the 91-84 win after outscoring the Bruins by 10 points in the second half.

Top Performers

Green-Richards led the way with a game-high 25 points on a 60% shooting night from behind the three-point line, marking the tenth time he has scored 20 or more points in the 2018-19 season. Dylan Hamlett just missed a double-double with 12 rebounds and nine points.

What It Means

George Fox falls to 12-12 overall and is three games under .500 in NWC play in fifth place in the NWC standings. The Bruins' loss did not mathematically eliminate them from the 2018-19 postseason, but they will need help from other conference results this weekend to make the 2018-19 NWC Tournament.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will play host for the last time in the 2018-19 season with a Senior Night matchup against Willamette on Friday, February 15, at 8:00 pm. The Bruins will honor Green-Richards and Hamlett as part of the evening's events