Nov 08, 2019

Bruins Open Season with 99-93 Upending of Trinity 

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  

SPOKANE, Wash. --- The George Fox men's basketball team defeated Trinity (Texas) in their first road game of the 2019-20 campaign. The Bruins turned a 46-45 halftime deficit into a 99-93 victory on Friday evening at Whitworth University's Tip-Off Classic.


Ryan Lacey stunningly opened the game, putting Fox on the board with his first three of the game. He would go on to score 12 points in the first half while pulling down nine of his 11 total boards.

The next five minutes didn't go as smoothly as the Tigers jumped out to an early 12-7 lead. JD Ahlstrom and Lacey retaliated with back-to-back treys to take GFU's second lead of the game at 15-14.

Both teams exchanged buckets through the first, resulting in nine lead changes in 12 minutes of action. The Bruins slowly gained momentum and took a five-point advantage with a Wesley Reynolds trifecta. Trinity's Jordan Lippman mimicked Reynolds' shot to retake the game 38-37 with 4:29 to go in the period. After two more ties, the Tigers built a slim 46-45 advantage by halftime.

Both sides of the court put up solid defensive efforts coming out of the break, as neither could muster more than four points in the first three minutes. A pair of layups combined with an Ahlstrom trey put the Bruins up on top once more, 54-53, with 16:13 to go in regulation. A Ryan Lacey jumper would put GFU ahead 57-55, a lead they would hold for the remainder of the game.

Field goals from Kalu Stricklin, Emilio Mancol, and Jackson Januick gave Fox a 6-0 run and enough drive to take a 71-64 lead. The Tigers would come within two points of the Bruins in the final two minutes, but Reynolds, Micha Mercado-Smith, Stricklin, and Lacey joined for a 13-for-14 free-throw effort to shut down any comeback efforts.

The Blue & Gold combined for a 33-40 performance at the line while shooting 48.3 percent from the field, including 30 points from three-point land.

Top Performers

Lacey led Fox with a double-double of 28 points and 11 rebounds alongside three steals. His final line included a near-perfect effort of 14-15 from the charity stripe. Stricklin added 16 points and two each in blocks, steals and assists while Reynolds finished with 14 points.

What It Means

For the second successive season, the Bruins open with a record of 1-0.

What Comes Next

Fox continues its stint in Washington when it finishes the Tip-Off Classic against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tomorrow, Nov. 9. Tip-off is set for 5:00 p.m. The Bruins then host Colorado College in their home-opener on Friday, Nov. 15.