Dec 07, 2019

Bruins Fall To Calhoun-Led Blue Jays

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  

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. --- The George Fox men's basketball team wrapped up its longest scheduled trip of the 2019-20 regular season with an 88-56 loss against the University of St. Joseph Blue Jays, a team coached by the Hall of Famer and Connecticut legend Jim Calhoun.


The Blue Jays won the tip and scored the opening bucket before Kalu Stricklin answered with a triple for the Bruins' first lead of the game. USJ quickly took the lead back before another trey by JD Ahlstrom gave the Bruins a 6-5 advantage, but that proved to be the final lead of the game for George Fox.

The Blue Jays seized control of the game shortly after Ahlstrom's triple and were relentless through the final horn of the first half. The Bruins were held to just 26% from the field and were outrebounded 23 to 14 in the opening half as the Jays surged to a 52-26 lead at the break.

The second half was a better showing for the Bruins as they were able to keep pace with the Jays and hung tough throughout the period, but the 26-point halftime deficit was too great to overcome, as was the constant pressure and focus on defense from the Jays.

George Fox held its host to a 0-6 performance from beyond the arc in the second half while also producing six steals with only a single turnover of its own, but the improved ball handling and perimeter defense was not enough as the Jays outrebounded the Bruins again in the second half on their way to a 88-56 win.

Top Performers

Stricklin was the lone Bruin in double figures with 10 points and four rebounds. Ryan Lacey was second in scoring with seven points, and Quinn Lacey led the way on the glass with five boards.

What It Means

The Bruins drop to 4-3 overall and will return to Newberg for finals week and an exhibition matchup against NCAA DII opponent Concordia Portland.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will face the Concordia Portland Crusaders on Monday, Dec. 16, in Portland with a 7:30 pm tipoff.