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Pirates Lose First Game on Oregon Trail

Pirates Lose First Game on Oregon Trail

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.

Kyle Howard and Andrew Puhl led the Pirates early, scoring seven points each in the first half as Southwestern shot 44.1 percent from the floor.

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.