George Fox sports round-up — The GFU mens basketball team earns its second victory over the Warriors this season

SALEM — Not much has changed for the George Fox men’s basketball team since it downed Corban at home 95-82 just before Thanksgiving.

The Bruins were adapting to first-year head coach Maco Hamilton’s up-tempo style like fish to water and before facing the Warriors again Saturday, picked up another pair of wins to continue their hot start.

George Fox followed the same script in Salem, jumping out to a big halftime lead and saw six players score in double figures en route to a 94-84 victory.

The win was the Bruins’ fourth straight and improved their record to 7-1 for the first time since 1990-1991. It tied for the fourth-best documented start in team history.

Jonny Howard, fresh off his Northwest Conference player of the week award, hit a pair of early three-pointers to help GFU go up 13-8 6:18 into the game. The Bruins never trailed after that point.

A.J. Grant nailed four triples in the first half as the Bruins shot 0.581 from the floor and went 12-for-22 from downtown to post a 52-34 lead at halftime.

The lead went as high as 25 points early in the second, although the Warriors closed to within 10 by the final minute, but it was too little too late.

Howard paced the offense with 18 points and was joined in double figures by Sean Atkins (16), Grant (14), Spencer Bolte (13), Eli Graham and Seth Brent (10). Graham also doled out 11 assists to become the first GFU player to record 10 or more assists since 2006.

The Bruins won’t return to action until Dec. 27, when they will participate in the two-day Classic in Las Vegas. George Fox will open against Wisconsin-Superior before matching up with Wisconsin-Platteville Dec. 28.

Indoor track & field

Jacksons Open — The Bruins won eight events in their first meet of the season at Boise State. Will Lawrence (1:54.35) took first in the 800 to set a new school record, while Charity Arn also set a new GFU mark in winning the pentathlon with 3,407 points.

Joseph Pia posted the second fasted time in Bruin history (8:44.67) en route to winning the 3,000, with teammates

Kody Tarbell placing third (8:58.02), Kyle Dreibelbis fourth (9:06.59), Cody Thompson fifth (9:16.42) and Bryant Quinn sixth (9:23.41.) Arn’s performance bested the record (3,387) set last year by All-American Beth Stam, winning the high jump (5-2.5), taking second in the shot put (33-7.5) and fourth in the long jump (17-0).

Teammate Maria Green also placed third (3,078). Also winning for George Fox were Rachael Adkins in the long jump (17-6.25) and third in the triple jump (35-11.5).

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