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Bruins sports round-up: Mens and womens teams hit the hardwood, hoping to build on early successes

PHOTO COURTESY OF GFU - Under new head coach Mike Coppolino, the No. 11-ranked George Fox University women's basketball team is off to a hot start in the 2019-2020 season. The Bruins (5-1) are winners of five consecutive games after a season-opening loss to Trinity (Texas).

Under new head coach Mike Coppolino, the No. 11-ranked George Fox University women's basketball team is off to a hot start in the 2019-2020 season. The Bruins (5-1) are winners of five consecutive games after a season-opening loss to Trinity (Texas).

GFU lost 74-55 in that Nov. 9 game – the first of a two-game tournament hosted by Trinity, so essentially a true road contest despite technically being a neutral site. The Bruins followed that up with a 77-69 win in overtime over East Texas Baptist to finish the tournament at 1-1.

Returning home to Newberg, the Bruins beat Pomona-Pitzer 79-59 on Nov. 16 and handled California-Santa Cruz 90-51 the next day. They defeated Chapman 64-48 on Nov. 22 and followed that up with an 80-60 win over California Lutheran on Nov. 23.

GFU had been off from game action through the Thanksgiving holiday, but it returned to the court on Tuesday night with a home game against Multnomah University, played after The Graphic went to press. Next up for the team is a long layoff prior to a Dec. 28 tilt with Scranton in the first game of the D3hoops.com Classic.

Men start strong as well

The GFU men's basketball team opened up its season with an exhibition game at Division I University of Portland on Nov. 2, and while the 89-72 loss didn't count, it was a fun moment for the program to play a higher-level regional foe as it embarks on a new campaign.

In the games that do count, the Bruins are 4-1, winners of three consecutive games in front of their home fans. GFU's season opener on Nov. 8 was a 99-93 victory over Trinity (Texas) at the Tip-Off Classic tournament in Spokane, Wash. The second game of the tourney on Nov. 9 was an 80-72 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Back home, GFU beat Colorado College 87-82 on Nov. 15, blew out Sul Ross State 93-76 on Nov. 19 and won 91-85 against La Verne on Nov. 22. The Bruins' next games are on the road Friday and Saturday at Albertus Magnus and St. Joseph (Conn.), and they return to their home gym on Dec. 19 against Mary Washington.


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