GFU round-up — The Bruins combine to hit 32 three-pointers in a pair of blowouts last weekend

REDLANDS, Calif. — George Fox began the Maco Hamilton era with a bang, scorching the nets to blaze past the University of Redlands and Whittier in the Lee Fulmer Memorial Tipoff Classic over the weekend.

Aided by a 13-for-24 shooting performance from three-point range, the Bruins sprinted to a 32-point halftime lead over Redlands and cruised to a 98-78 victory to give the first-year head coach a win in his debut Friday.

Junior transfer Jonny Howard, a product of Sherwood High School before spending two years at Chemeketa Community College, went 8-for-10 from the field and 5-for-7 from deep to lead all scorers with 22 points.

A.J. Grant went 6-for-11 on three-pointers to finish with 18, while Spencer Bolte nearly recorded a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.

GFU stayed hot Saturday, as five different players scored in double figures in a 112-96 win over the Poets.

Grant led the way with 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting from beyond the arc and handed out six assists.

Last year’s leading scorer and All-Northwest Conference first-team forward Sean Atkins put up 20, Bolte added 18, Eli Graham had 14 and Howard followed up his debut by posting 15.

The Bruins build a 30-10 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game and didn’t slow down in establishing a 60-35 advantage at the break.

Whittier got the lead under 20 five minutes into the second half, but GFU went on a 14-4 run over the next three minutes to douse any thoughts of a rally.

The Bruins shot 52.7 percent from the floor, including a 14-for-29 effort on triples, and had assists on 27 of their baskets.

George Fox heads to Portland Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game at Portland Bible College and will host Concordia-Portland at 7 p.m. Saturday.


CLAREMONT, Calif. — Saving his best for last, Joseph Pia posted a personal-best time of 25:55.13 to finish 17th overall and earn all-region honors at the NCAA Division III west regional championships Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer Colleges.

Pia became George Fox’s first all-region performer since Cam Eberhart in 2009, as the Bruins placed ninth out of 18 teams with 252 points.

Koby Tarbell narrowly missed all-region status with his time of 26:33.12, which placed him 38th overall.

Also scoring for GFU were Kyle Dreibelbis, who crossed in 26:44.42 to place 47th; Bryant Quinn, who finished in 27:00.97 (58th) and Cody Thompson, who was 101st in 28.04.21.

Depending on how many at-large bids are granted to the region, head coach Randy Dalzell believes Pia may have a chance to qualify for nationals.

Erin Sanders placed 54th in 23:546.08 to cap a stellar rookie campaign and lead the Bruins to a 16th place team finish (446 points) in the women’s race.

Also scoring for GFU were Sarah MacKenzie in 84th (24:42.20), Rachel Gibbs in 90th (24:58.89), Taylor Suwa in 104th (25:31.59) and Kelly Toms in 118th (26:19.87).

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