George Fox Sports round-up — Bruins drain 10 3-pointers, but fall 98-91 to Wisconsin-Platteville in title game of the Classic in Las Vegas over the weekend

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — As the second-most prolific 3-point shooting team in the country, it would be fair to say the George Fox offense lives and dies by the three.

The Bruins poured in 23 triples in two games at the Men’s Basketball Classic over the weekend, but it was the defense that ultimately failed them in a 98-91 title game loss to Wisconsin-Platteville Saturday.

George Fox opened with a 100-81 victory over Wisconsin-Superior, getting four of its 13 3-pointers from A.J. Grant, who poured in a career-high 28 points.

Spencer Bolte added three triples and 26 points of his own in the victory, which also saw George Fox drain 33 of its 40 free throw attempts compared to a 19-for-31 effort from the Yellowjackets.

The Bruins ran into a team that could match its firepower on Saturday, as the Pioneers shot .636 from the floor to take a 53-45 lead at the break.

Platteville consistently broke the GFU press for open layups, which helped the Pioneers maintain a double-digit lead for much of the second half. The Bruins climbed to within four points with three minutes to play, but Platteville hit 13 of 14 free throws the rest of the way to salt away the win.

“They did a good job against our press in the first half, they were disciplined and patient and didn’t force things, but we also have to do better job of getting to our positions defensively,” head coach Maco Hamilton said. “I’m pleased with our non-conference record, but we’ve still got some improving we can do as we get back into conference play.”

Sean Atkins scored 28 points to lead George Fox, which snapped a five-game winning streak. Grant followed up his stellar performance the night before by collecting 20 points, Bolte added 13 and Jonny Howard 10.

“I think we showed that we can be competitive with anyone in the country,” Hamilton said. “(Superior) was big and strong, and Platteville, I thought, looked just as good as Stevens Point, the No. 1 team in the nation.”

George Fox (8-2) returns to Northwest Conference play Friday with a trip to Pacific Lutheran.


George Fox 92, Howard Payne 51 — In a match up between the 2008 national champion Yellowjackets and the 2009 national champion Bruins, George Fox raced to an early lead and never looked back. The Bruins (9-0) got 15 points from Megan Arnoldy, 14 from Nicole Blizzard and 12 from Jami Roos. The GFU women will also travel to Pacific Lutheran on Friday.

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