NEWBERG, Ore. – The Southwestern University Pirates struggled defensively on the road, falling to the George Fox University Bruins 99-74 on Friday night.
George Fox outscored Southwestern University 54-32 in the paint, shooting an efficient 52.9 percent from the floor while only hitting 6-for-19 from the 3-point line. Seven different Bruins reached double figures, led by guard Mason Green-Richards' 18 points, four assists, and four steals.
The Bruins countered with strong play from forward Wesley Reynolds, who worked inside for 10 points on 4-for-5 shooting with two offensive rebounds and two steals to give George Fox at 49-37 lead at the break.
Southwestern University's offense dipped in the second half, hitting only 32.5 percent from the field, including 4-for-22 from deep (18.2 percent) with seven assists to 10 turnovers. Nine different players scored in the second half for George Fox, who hit 57.6 percent from the field and 9-for-11 from the free-throw line.
Three Pirates reached double figures, led by Puhl's 14 points and five rebounds off the bench. Ryan Wheeler scored 13 points with three 3-pointers, and Jake Holmes worked inside for 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
George Fox shot 52.9 percent from the field with a 28-17 advantage in free-throw attempts, hitting 21 and scoring 16 points off turnovers; building a 14-0 advantage in fast break points.
The Pirates fall to 3-4 on the season with the loss while George Fox improves to 6-2. Southwestern will remain in Oregon to play Lewis & Clark on Dec. 8 at 9:00 p.m. CST.