WILLAMETTE 75, GEORGE FOX 68: Bruins Lose 1,000th in History to Bearcats in OT Thriller

Newburg, OR — If it had to be the 1,000th loss in their men’s basketball history, the George Fox University Bruins intended to make it a good one, and that they did, falling 75-68 to the visiting Willamette University Bearcats in a Northwest Conference overtime thriller Tuesday night here at Miller Gym in the Wheeler Sports Center.

Willamette raced out to a 12-0 lead to start the game before Mark Gayman’s jumper at 17:09 got the Bruins on the scoreboard. Although they never caught up in the half, the Bruins did go into the break down by only a pair at 30-28. A 3-pointer by Bryan Wadlow with 18:13 to go in the second half gave the Bruins a short-lived 33-32 lead before David Force responded with a jumper to put the Bearcats back on top.

The Bearcats extended that lead to as much as 10 twice, the last on a Brennan Garrelts layup with 8:12 left to make it 55-45 Willamette. Scott Szalay responded with baskets on three consecutive trips down the court to spark the Bruins’ comeback, and Aaron Schmick put the Bruins ahead with a 3-pointer with 2:13 to go. Brett Yeager’s two free throws at 1:27 made it 62-59, but Harold Sublett, Jr. hit a game-tying 3-pointer from the right corner with 6.7 seconds left to knot it, the only shot he hit in 9 tries. Schmick got off a 3-point shot as time expired, but it skimmed the front of the rim and fell to the floor, sending the game to overtime.

Szalay’s layup 15 seconds into overtime gave the Bruins an early lead, but John Olinger made a steal and layup and Force hit a layup with 3:24 left, and the Bearcats never trailed again. Force later added a three and two free throws for 7 of his game-high 27 points to ice the win.

Szalay finished with a career-high 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Bruins, leading them to a 40-34 edge on the boards. Schmick added 12 points, and Gayman and Wadlow scored 10 each. Yeager had a game and career-high 7 assists.

In addition to Force’s 27, Olinger had 14 points a d Garrelts 12. Sublett grabbed 9 rebounds, and Olinger had a game-high 5 steals.

George Fox fell to 3-11 overall and 0-6 in the conference with its 8th loss in a row. The Bruins now have a historical record, in 100 seasons for which there are records, of 966-1,000-1. Willamette improved to 8-5 overall and 3-1 in the league.

The Bruins are off for a week, hosting Multnomah Bible College in their final non-conference game of the season on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. The Bearcats host the University of Puget Sound Friday, Jan. 23, at 8:00 p.m., following a women’s game at 6:00 p.m.

At Newberg, Oregon
WILLAMETTE 75, GEORGE FOX 68

WILLAMETTE (8-5, NWC 3-1)
David Force 11-17 2-2 27; jOHN oLINGER 6-10 1-1 14; Brennan Garrelts 6-10
0-0 12; Miles Sandgathe 4-10 0-0 9; Harold Sublett Jr. 1-9 4-6 7; Henry
Greeley 1-4 0-0 3; P.J. McDevitt 1-4 0-0 3; Josh Erickson 0-1 0-0 0; Jason
Luchterhand 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-66 7-9 75.

GEORGE FOX (3-11, NWC 0-6)
Szalay, Scott 11-17 2-3 24; Schmick, Aaron 5-13 0-1 12; Gayman, Mark 5-12
0-0 10; Wadlow, Bryan 4-10 1-1 10; Melvin, Ben 3-6 0-0 6; Yeager, Brett 1-4
2-3 4; Parker, Chris 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 30-65 5-8 68.

Willamette.................... 30 32 13 - 75

George Fox.................... 28 34 6 - 68

3-point goals-Willamette 8-21 (David Force 3-4; Henry Greeley 1-4; Harold
Sublett Jr. 1-1; Miles Sandgathe 1-5; jOHN oLINGER 1-3; P.J. McDevitt 1-3;
Brennan Garrelts 0-1), George Fox 3-13 (Schmick, Aaron 2-7; Wadlow, Bryan
1-4; Melvin, Ben 0-1; Gayman, Mark 0-1).
Fouled out--Willamette-None, George
Fox-None. Rebounds-Willamette 34 (Harold Sublett Jr. 9), George Fox 40
(Szalay, Scott 12). Assists-Willamette 16 (jOHN oLINGER 3; Harold Sublett
Jr. 3; David Force 3; Miles Sandgathe 3), George Fox 18 (Yeager, Brett 7).
Total fouls-Willamette 14, George Fox 14. A-300