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Bruin hoops round-up: Both teams drop contests to Whitman on Saturday in Newberg

GARY ALLEN - GFU women's basketball scored just four points in the fourth quarter of Saturday's loss.

Hosting a key pair of games over the weekend in Northwest Conference play, the No. 20 George Fox University women's basketball team picked up a win on Friday before losing to No. 12 Whitman on Saturday. The Bruins (11-4, 3-3 NWC) dropped from No. 16 to No. 20 in the D3hoops.com poll with the loss, continuing and up-and-down start to their conference schedule.

The weekend of games began with an 86-76 win over Whitworth. GFU closed the game with a 29-10 fourth quarter, exploding offensively and locking down its opponent defensively in the final frame.

GFU's top performer on the night was point guard Emily Spencer, who put up 20 points to go along with seven assists. Spencer was supplemented by her teammates throughout the contest as the Bruins shot a shade under 52 percent from the field and had five players in double figures scoring.

The paint was where the Bruins did most of their damage, scoring 42 in the paint compared with just 32 for Whitworth. They also won the rebounding margin, 36-30.

It wasn't always smooth sailing, though. Whitworth led 30-17 after the first quarter and 48-35 at the half. It took a strong third quarter – which the Bruins won 22-18 – and the dominant final quarter for the team to emerge with a double-digit win.

The game against Whitman – then ranked No. 8 in the country – went the opposite way. GFU was the team that got off to a hot start with a 23-13 first quarter and 36-31 halftime advantage, but a stunning and dominant fourth quarter for the Blues ended up being the difference.

Whitman won the fourth 22-4, completely stymying any offense the Bruins tried to muster up. GFU's shooting percentage plummeted in the second half and ended up a paltry 29 percent (18-of-62) when the contest was over.

Kylin Colman was the high scorer for the Bruins with 13, while Mady Burdett dropped a game-high 22 for the Blues. Due to the fact that GFU didn't score its first basket of the quarter until there was 55 seconds remaining, the Blues were able to come out with a comfortable, 62-54 win.

Next up on the schedule for the Bruins is a home game against Puget Sound on Friday followed by a road contest at Lewis & Clark on Saturday.

Men experience winless weekend

The GFU men's basketball team has lost three consecutive games after an 0-2 weekend of contests. The Bruins (6-9, 2-4 NWC) lost 92-90 to Whitworth on Friday and 105-77 to Whitman on Saturday.

A buzzer-beater attempt missed for the Bruins in the heart-pounding loss to Whitworth, a game that remained close throughout. Whitworth led 42-40 at the half and the second half was deadlocked 50-50.

Where the Pirates really shined was on the glass, picking up a 48-31 advantage in rebounding on the night. Ben College led the Pirates with 23 points compared with a team-high 19 for GFU's Ryan Lacey.

The Whitman game was a different story as the Bruins went into the half down by just one to the Blues, but a second half surge propelled the road team to victory. Whitman won the second stanza of the game 67-40 and got a game-high 25 points out of Trevor Osborne.

GFU, meanwhile, was led by two players with 11 points apiece in the blowout loss.

Next up for the men's team is the same schedule as the women – a home game against Puget Sound before travelling to Lewis & Clark. The Bruins hope to get back on track after three straight losses in conference play have them below .500 in the NWC.


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