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February 25, 2010

Men's Basketball Closes Regular Season at Sacramento State

NAU Game Notes vs. Sacramento State (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Northern Arizona men’s basketball team concludes its regular season Friday night at Sacramento State. The Lumberjacks (13-13, 7-8) are looking to even their Big Sky Conference record at 8-8. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Flagstaff time.

NAU has won two consecutive games after winning a pair of overtime contests in the Skydome last weekend. In fact, NAU has played three consecutive overtime games for the first time in school history. NAU could tie a NCAA record if its game against Sacramento State would go into overtime, equaling the NCAA mark for consecutive overtime games set by Jacksonville in 1982 (won 3, lost 1), Illinois St. in 1985 (won 3, lost 1) and Dayton in 1988 (won 1, lost 3).

Head Coach Mike Adras hopes to stay out of the record books in this instance and finish a game in regulation after playing four of the last five games with at least one overtime period.

“I have a great concern,” said Head Coach Mike Adras of his team looking ahead to the Big Sky Tournament. “We are not playing for something in conference standing but we are playing for something more important than that.”

The Lumberjacks clinched the fifth seed in the Big Sky Tournament and will play at the No. 4 seed. Montana will be the No. 2 seed with a win and a UNC loss and the No. 3 seed with win and a UNC win. Montana will be the No. 4 seed with a loss to Montana State. MSU will either be the No. 3 or No. 4 seed. If MSU beats Montana, MSU is No. 3. If MSU loses, the Bobcats are No. 4.

NAU leads the all-time series 26-9 and leads 10-7 in Sacramento. The Lumberjacks have won the last 10 meetings. Mike Adras owns a 16-6 career mark against the Hornets and a 7-3 mark in Sacramento.

Fans can listen to the game on KAFF 930 AM or on the internet at Stretch Internet. The game can also be seen on Big Sky Television.

DID YOU KNOW…The Northern Arizona University athletics department recorded its highest cumulative grade point average since 1997, recording a 3.16 GPA among its more than 300 student-athletes at the completion of the fall of 2009 semester.