Jan 04, 2020

Reynolds' Big Scoring Night Not Enough In McMinnville

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  
 

McMINNVILLE --- The Bruins traveled to face the Linfield Wildcats on Saturday, Jan. 4. A day removed from opening their Northwest Conference slate with a win, the Bruins were felled by the 'Cats 107-83 in regulation.

Recap

The Bruins scored the first points of the night after Jackson Januik set up Wesley Reynolds for a made trey, but the 'Cats responded with an 8-2 run to take the lead. The two teams traded runs through the first fifteen minutes of the game clock, but the 'Cats were consistently able to stay in front.

After the 'Cats built a 12-point lead with five minutes left in the half, the Bruins were able to cut the lead to four with buckets by Emilio Mancol, Kalu Stricklin, and Januik, but Linfield roared away again to hold a 54-42 lead at the break.

The script read largely the same in the second half as the Bruins did their best to keep pace with a continued scoring onslaught from their hosts. Despite a standout scoring performance from Reynolds, the Bruins were unable to maintain the torrid pace on their offensive half as the 'Cats did a good job to contain the Bruins' wing scorers throughout the night.

The 'Cats put an emphatic closing burst together with an 11-2 run on an 8-9 shooting performance in the final five minutes of action to pass the century mark and claim the win.

Top Performers

Reynolds led the way with an impressive career-best 24 points in 18 minutes to go with five boards, but the rest of the Bruins' starting lineup was held to just 25 combined points on the night. Mancol was the only other Bruin to reach double figures with 12 points off the bench.

What It Means

The Bruins drop to a game below .500 at 5-6 overall and are even at 1-1 after two NWC competitions.

What Happens Next

The Bruins will stay on the road with matchups at Pacific (Ore.) and Pacific Lutheran upcoming in the following week.