GFU round-up — Pacific Lutheran holds George Fox men to 30 points below their season average in 72-64 road defeat

PARKLAND — Averaging 94.2 points per game, George Fox was ranked among the top 10 scoring teams in the country entering Friday’s Northwest Conference game at Pacific Lutheran.

Even the Bruins’ lowest point total this season, 82, came in an overtime win over Northwest Christian, so first-year head coach Maco Hamilton’s team found itself in unfamiliar territory trailing 30-29 at halftime.

And things never really got on track for George Fox, as the Lutes held the Bruins 30 points under their season average to hand them their first Northwest Conference loss of the season, 72-64.

Neither team scored in the opening three and a half minutes, with Pacific Lutheran striking first and never trailing. GFU scored the final six points of the half to trim the deficit to one at the break.

The Bruins took their first lead of the game 31-30 on a Seth Brent lay up to begin the second half, going on a quick run to pull ahead 40-32 in less than three minutes.

The Lutes battled their way back into the game over the next six minutes, after which the two teams traded the lead.

Pacific Lutheran’s Arvid Isaksen knotted the contest at 58-58 with 4:45 to play, then added four more over the next two minutes, during which time George Fox went scoreless, to help make it 64-58 with 2:44 remaining.

Sean Atkins nailed a three-pointer to keep the Bruins within striking distance at 66-63 with two minutes to play, but the Lutes scored four straight and held on for the win from there.

George Fox had four players in double figures, led by Atkins’ 15, but the Bruins shot a season-low 0.377 from the field, including an uncharacteristic 6-for-32 (.188) performance from beyond the arc. GFU did force 21 turnovers, but was dominated on the boards, losing that battle 46-24.

Brent and A.J. Grant each scored 14 points and Spencer Bolte had 11, with Isaksen posting a game-high 28 to go along with 10 rebounds for PLU (4-6, 1-0).

The Bruins (8-3, 1-1 NWC) will need to solve their offensive woes ahead of Friday’s road game at Lewis & Clark, which is the second-highest scoring team in the conference behind George Fox.

Women’s basketball

George Fox 70, Pacific Lutheran 43 — Powered by a 16-0 run in the first half, the Bruin women rolled to an easy Northwest Conference victory. The Bruins (11-0, 2-0 NWC) limited PLU, which is coached by former GFU player Jennifer Childress, to 0.208 shooting from the floor and forced 17 turnovers. In contrast, George Fox went 12-for-27 from the floor (.444), including an ultra efficient 5-for-9 (.556) from three-point range. Jami Roos made all five of the Bruins’ triples to finish with a game-high 15 points, while Megan Arnoldy added 10 and Hayley Cusick 9. GFU will renew its rivalry with Lewis & Clark at 6 p.m. Friday in Portland.

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