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Men's Basketball Wins in Double Overtime; Keeps Postseason Hopes Alive

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior DeAngelo Jones hit a layup with 13 seconds left in the second overtime and Northern Arizona survived a last second attempt inside by Dominic Waters to prevail 86-85 over Portland State in two overtimes Thursday night at the Walkup Skydome. The two teams played a four-overtime game last season in Flagstaff with the Vikings winning.

NAU led by four 84-80 with 1:54 left in the second extra period on the second three-pointer by Gabe Rogers of the stanza. But Waters answered with a three pointer and the Vikings went ahead with a put back by Chris Harrell with 34 seconds left to lead 85-84, setting up the winning play.

NAU tied the first overtime on a length of the court run with five seconds left by Julian Olubuyi, who finished with a layup and was fouled with less than a second left. Portland State had taken the lead off a steal by Waters and layup by Julius Thomas with five seconds left. Olubuyi missed the free throw to send the game into a second overtime. NAU also had a chance to win in regulation on a layup by Cameron Jones with two seconds left. Nick Larson rebounded and put up another attempt that went off the rim.

Cameron Jones finished with 26 points for the Lumberjacks, while redshirt freshman Gabe Rogers had a career-high 20 points. Larson added nine points and a career-best 15 rebounds. DeAngelo Jones contributed 10 points and Shane Johannsen scored 11.

NAU improved to 12-13 and more importantly 6-8 in Big Sky play, moving into fifth place in the league standings with two games left on the schedule. Portland State dropped to 10-16, 5-8 in Big Sky play. The Lumberjacks own a half game lead on the Vikings with Eastern Washington and Idaho State both at 4-9 in Big Sky play.

Waters finished with a game-high 29 points for the Vikings with Jamie Jones scoring 19 points and 11 rebounds in the contest.

Both teams struggled at the free throw line. NAU made just 12-of-24 attempts, while the Vikings were 20-for-35 for the game.

NAU led by six points at halftime after leading by as many as 12 points in the first half. The Lumberjacks shot 50 percent for the game but just 36 percent (8-for-22) from three-point land but connected on 3-of-5 three-pointers in the overtime periods.

The game featured 11 ties and nine lead changes.

NAU plays its final regular season home game on Saturday against Eastern Washington with a postseason berth still to be clinched. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. The game can be seen live on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox College Sports Pacific and Universityhouse (Dish Network Channel 9411). Fans can also watch the game on Big Sky TV and can listen in Flagstaff on the Lumberjack Radio Network on KAFF AM 930.

DID YOU KNOW…Junior All-American David McNeill finished second and fellow junior Jordan Chipangama placed fifth to lead the Northern Arizona men’s cross country team to its second fourth-place finish in three years and third consecutive Top 10 finish at the 2009 NCAA Cross Country Championships.