Nov 15, 2019

Bruins Outlast Tigers To Win Home Opener

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  
 

NEWBERG --- The George Fox men's basketball team hosted its home opener on Friday, Nov. 15, and came away with a hard-fought win over Colorado College with an 87-82 final in regulation after a career-best scoring night from Jackson Januik.

Recap

The Bruins won the opening tip and immediately worked for a layup from Ryan Lacey on their first possession. Januik chipped in a layup, Wesley Reynolds torched his man for a bucket, and Lacey hit a trey from the wing for a quick 9-6 lead after the opening two minutes of action.

The Tigers matched the Bruins shot for shot after that and then wrestled away the lead with a 9-2 run in the middle of the first half, but George Fox battled back with a 7-1 run of their own to tie the game at 26-26 with six minutes left in the opening half.

Down the stretch, the Bruins got another layup from Reynolds and triples from Januik, Kalu Stricklin, and Emilio Mancol to take a 40-29 lead with three minutes left in the half. A late surge from the Tigers cut away at the Bruins' advantage, but at the break George Fox sat in front with a 45-38 tally showing on the board.

The Tigers outscored the Bruins 13-8 in the opening moments of the second half to pull within two and made the score 53-51 with 14:27 left in regulation. Mancol sparked the Bruins with five quick points off the bench after a trey, a steal, and a fast break layup to make it 60-52.

The Bruins owned a 10-point lead for the next five minutes of game action, but another Tiger surge flipped the advantage late and George Fox found itself behind, 70-68, with six minutes left in the contest.

A final burst and a series of defensive stops and made free throws ultimately iced the night for the Bruins in the final minute as Lacey and Januik combined to go a perfect 7-7 from the line in the last two minutes to seal the win.

Top Performers

Januik led the Bruins with a career-high 22 points, five boards, and four dimes in the win. Lacey was right behind with 18 points, and Stricklin topped the squad with eight boards. The younger Lacey, Quinn, chipped in a pair of blocks off the bench in a high-energy defensive effort.

What It Means

The Bruins improve to 2-1 overall through three games of their non-conference slate.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will play host for Sul Ross State (Texas) on Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Wheeler Sports Center at 7:00 pm.