Jan 11, 2020

Bruins Topped In Tacoma By Lutes

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  

TACOMA --- The George Fox men's basketball team wrapped up its recent three-game road trip with a Northwest Conference tilt against the Lutes of Pacific Lutheran. The hosting Lutes were able to fend off the Bruins in an 87-76 final that favored the home squad.


The Bruins won the tip and got the opening bucket from Kalu Stricklin on a put-back attempt. A pair of long range makes for the Lutes gave the hosting squad a quick lead, but the Bruins bounced back with baskets by Stricklin and Ryan Lacey helped close the gap.

Midway through the first half the Lutes built a ten-point lead, but back to back treys from JD Ahlstrom cut the gap to six points in a span of seconds to give the Bruins new life. Fox put a run together punctuated by lay-ins from Emilio Mancol and Quinn Lacey to tie the game at 28-all with 6:30 left in the first half.

As quickly as the Bruins were able to fight back, however, the Lutes put together an answering run and pulled away to take a 51-43 lead at the half.

The Bruins opened the second half on a quick 7-0 run to make it 53-50 after two minutes of fast-paced action, but again the Lutes had an answer and took a ten-point lead with 15 minutes left in regulation. The lead swelled to 17 points after that and the Bruins played uphill the rest of the way in a comeback effort that fell short of the mark in an eleven-point defeat.

The Bruins were largely a match in most traditional box score columns – the Lutes' primary advantage came at the free throw line, as the Bruins made 11 fewer trips to the charity stripe. The Lutes also managed to hit on a handful of shots beyond the Bruins' metrics in the 11-point win for Pacific Lutheran.

Top Performers

Lacey led the way with 21 points on an 8-15 shooting night from the field and a perfect 4-4 from the foul line. Lacey also topped the team with nine boards, while Ahlstrom and Stricklin joined Lacey in double figures with 22 combined points.

What It Means

The Bruins are 6-7 overall and 2-2 against NWC opponents after splitting their outings this weekend, while the Lutes improved to 5-8 overall and 1-3 in their NWC slate.

What Happens Next

The Bruins return home to host the 'Whits' next weekend on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 17 & 18.