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Men’s Basketball Hosts Sacramento State Sunday at 1 p.m.

Men’s Basketball Hosts Sacramento State Sunday at 1 p.m.

NAU Game Notes vs. Sacramento State (PDF)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s basketball team returns to action on Sunday at 1 p.m. in the Big Sky Game of the Week against Sacramento State. The game will be carried by Altitude, Comcast Sports Net Northwest and Comcast California.

The Lumberjacks are coming off a sensational shooting performance last Sunday against Portland State.

NAU enjoyed one of the best shooting performances in Big Sky Conference history on Jan. 17 as the Lumberjacks upset Portland State 93-86. NAU connected on 71.7 percent of its field goals (33-of-46). Since 1980, it’s believed to be the fourth-best shooting performance by a Big Sky team, and the second-best in a conference game.

Idaho shot 71.9 percent during a 1982 game against Boise State. Against the Vikings, NAU shot 68 percent in the first half (17-25) to build a 39-28 lead. The Lumberjacks were even better in the second half, making 76.2 percent from the field (16-21). NAU finished the game 7-of-10 from 3-point range, and also made 20-of-27 free throws (74.1 percent). The effort was the best in a Division I game this season. Savannah State shot 70 percent from the floor against Central Connecticut State on Jan. 11.

Gabe Rogers was 5-for-5 from the field. Shane Johannsen came off the bench to make 8-of-9 field-goal tries, and junior guard Cameron Jones was 9-of-13. It marked just the third time since 1987 that a Big Sky team has shot 70 percent from the field. Portland State accomplished the feat on Feb. 28, 2008 at Montana State making 35-of-50 (70 percent). Northern Arizona made 70.2 percent of its shots in a 2004 victory over Willamette. Northern Arizona holds the Big Sky record for field-goal percentage in a game, converting 74.2 percent (46-63) in a 1984 win over Adams State.

NAU has won five of the last seven games and has nine wins in 18 games so far this season, surpassing the win total from the 2008-09 season.

The game can also be heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network and seen on Big Sky Television.

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