Nov 19, 2019

Bruins Blitz Lobos For Second Home Win

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 basketball team picked up another win on Tuesday, Nov. 19, after playing host for the Sul Ross State Lobos from Alpine, Texas.

Recap

After winning the opening tip, the Bruins grabbed an early lead 9-2 on the backs of Ryan Lacey, Jackson Januik, and Kalu Stricklin jump shots. The Lobos slashed back into contention with a 10-2 run after the Bruins briefly went cold from outside the arc, but Wesley Reynolds stopped the bleeding with a bucket to make it 16-12 midway through the opening half.

Another Reynolds bucket and back to back treys from JD Ahlstrom made the Bruins' lead ten points, 24-14, and moments later Emilio Mancol added six quick points on an old-fashioned triple with an and-one layup and a trey to widen the gap even further.

Another Mancol trey pushed the lead to 12 points with five minutes left in the opening half before the Lobos came alive to close the gap in the closing moments of the half. The Bruins were able to cruise to a slim 38-42 margin at the break after the Bruins' jumpers stopped falling again in the final minute of the half.

Out of the break, the Bruins ripped off an 8-4 burst to create separation again with buckets by Ahlstrom, Reynolds, and Lacey. Two more triples from Januik and Mancol and a Mancol lay-in gave the Bruins a 60-48 lead with just over 14 minutes left to play in the game and the Bruins were able to hold a wide lead for the rest of the way.

The two teams traded shots down the stretch, but with the Bruins firmly in control the lead never wavered. George Fox managed to foul out two Lobos in the closing moments and was nearly perfect at the foul line to close the game with a 19-12 run in the last minutes of regulation.

Top Performers

Lacey led the way with his second 20-point game of the year, putting up 21 while shooting a tidy 8-15 from the field and 3-5 from deep. Stricklin chipped in 18 points, six boards, two dimes, and a steal, and Januik registered a double-double with 10 dimes, 11 points, and tied with Reynolds to lead the team with three blocks apiece. Ahlstrom and Mancol combined for another 30 points as the fourth and fifth Bruins to reach double figures in the win.

As a team, the Bruins' gang rebounding and ball movement paid off as George Fox collected 11 more boards and hit nearly 44% from deep as a team.

What It Means

The Bruins are now 3-1 in the young 2019-20 season and are winners in back-to-back games at home to kick off a three-game home stretch.

What Happens Next

The Bruins face University of La Verne in Miller Gymnasium on Friday, Nov. 22, with tipoff slated for 8:00 pm.