Duo lifts George Fox men to 92-85 victory over Trinity
It took a pair of career nights from Mason Green-Richards and Ryan Lacey, but the George Fox men's basketball team snapped its three-game losing skid by topping Trinity (Texas) 92-50 Saturday night at Miller Gymnasium.
Green-Richards posted a new career-high by pouring in 33 points and Lacey set a new high bar of his own with 22, helping the Bruins close out 2017 on a winning note.
The visiting Tigers shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the first half to enter the locker room tied 40-40 at the break. GFU shot just 41 percent, but did nail six 3-pointers (all from different players) and got 15 points from Lacey over the first 20 minutes.
Green-Richards had a relatively quiet first half with six points, but went 8 for 12 from the floor, including four treys, and went 7 for 8 on free throws to score 27 points in the second half.
The teams traded the lead early in the second half and, fittingly, it was back-to-back plays by Green-Richards and Lacey that helped build a lead that the Bruins would not relinquish.
Shortly after Green-Richards, a junior guard, nailed a 3-pointer to make it 62-58 George Fox, Lacey completed a traditional 3-point play and finishing at the rim to extend the lead to seven with 11:44 to play.
Trinity pulled to within three points at 73-70 with 7:23 to play, but Green-Richards responded with a triple and a pair of free throws to push the advantage back to seven points.
The Bruins led by as many as 11 points in the final five minutes and Green-Richards went 6 for 6 at the line to seal the victory.
Green-Richards also had six rebounds and Lacey, a sophomore transfer, led the team with nine rebounds.
The Tigers (6-5) shot even better in the second half, converting at a 63.6 percent clip, but that was more than countered by George Fox putting up 12 more attempts from the floor. GFU shot 50 percent in the half and added eight more 3-pointers to finish the game at 45.2 percent shooting overall.
Dylan Hamlett and Thomas Rico added nine points apiece and Johnathan Doutt chipped in with eight points for the Bruins, who took excellent care of the ball with just eight turnovers.
George Fox (5-6, 1-1) will resume Northwest Conference play Friday with a home contest versus Puget Sound (7-3, 0-2) at 8 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. tilt versus Pacific Lutheran (3-7, 0-2) Saturday.