GFU hoops round-up: George Fox women go to 6-2 on the season with comfortable win vs. the Vikings; men lose to Stockton

George Fox continued its rampage through the 2017-2018 season Monday evening with a comfortable 60-48 win vs. the Augustana (Illinois) College Vikings.

The game started out fast for both teams in the first quarter, according to a release from GFU. Junior wing Tavin Headings supplied much of the offense for the Bruins, shooting three-for-five from the field for seven points in the opening stanza.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Thomas Rico lifts a floater over a Stockton defender during George Fox's 74-62 home loss to Stockton Sunday at Miller Gymnasium.

The Bruins then settled into an offensive groove, keeping pace with the Vikings before taking an early lead thanks to a 9-2 run to finish the half.

The second quarter started pretty much the same as the last, with the Bruins outscoring the Vikings 21-9 on a scoring deluge unleashed by Headings and sophomore wing Kylin Collman, who both earned seven points.

The Bruins headed to the locker room with a 36-25 lead at the half.

As with the start of the game, both teams emerged from halftime bent on bettering the other. But George Fox confidently held its advantage, matching Augustana bucket for bucket and maintaining a 47-37 lead at the end of the third quarter. Then it was Collman's time to shine after she scored five quick points to add to the Bruins' lead.

George Fox's defense didn't relinquish any easy points for Augustana either. Senior post Kaitlin Jamieson recorded four blocks in the fourth quarter alone as the Bruins came away with a 60-48 win.

Headings scored 16 points and Collman 13 on the night. Jamieson finished with nine points, six rebounds, three steals and seven blocks.

The duo of junior forward Haylee Hutzler and sophomore wing Hailey Hartney pulled down 11 and 10 boards, respectively.

The win brought the Bruins' record to 6-2 overall, 2-0 in Northwest Conference play. The Bruins take on Whittier University Thursday at Chapman University.

George Fox men suffer loss to Stockton University

The Bruin men didn't fare as well Sunday versus the Stockton (New Jersey) University Ospreys, suffering a 74-62 loss that dropped GFU to 4-4 on the season.

The GFU men were unable to overcome a poor night of shooting that may have resulted from not having played since Dec. 2.

A glimmer of hope did come early at the hands of senior guard Thomas Rico and junior guard Mason Green-Richards, who each nailed two three-pointers in the opening minutes to give the Bruins a 12-5 lead.

But then the Ospreys found their offensive rhythm, earning 11 consecutive points to take a 16-12 lead. Trailing 21-14, the Bruins quickly cut the lead to 23-22 on the backs of Green-Richards and junior guard Kevin Dent.

But the Bruins couldn't continue that momentum and the Ospreys increased their lead to 11 before Green-Richards sank a pair of free-throws in the final seconds of the first half to decrease the lead to 39-30 at the break.

The Bruins emerged in the second half determined to rectify their poor shooting of the first. Sophomore guard Ryan Lacey scored a quick fourth points to get the half started, but Stockton countered with a pair of easy layups. Green-Richards cut the Osprey lead to six, but Stockton responded once again to increase it to 68-54 by scoring eight consecutive points.

Ultimately, the Bruins were unable to get the stops they needed to stage a rally and succumbed to the Ospreys 74-62.

Green-Richards was the top Bruin scorer with 20 points on six-of-16 shooting. Rico added 19 points and Lacey finished with 12 points.

The Bruins returned to action Tuesday (results unavailable at press time) versus No. 4-ranked Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

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