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Men’s Basketball Drops Overtime Contest to Northern Colorado

Men’s Basketball Drops Overtime Contest to Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. - The Northern Arizona men's basketball team pushed Northern Colorado to overtime before falling 70-63 Sunday in the Big Sky Game of the Week.

"I think we gave ourselves an excellent chance to win on the road again," said Adras. "I am proud of our guys. I wish we had made enough plays at the end of the game.  We made a bunch of mistakes down the stretch."

Junior Cameron Jones led the Lumberjacks with 17 points and nine rebounds. DeAngelo Jones contributed 16 points and Shane Johannsen added 13 points.

Devon Beitzel had 24 points, including two key three-pointers in the overtime period, and seven rebounds for the Bears.

"Both of his three-pointers were big," said Adras. "It went from a two-point lead to a four-point deficit. He played very well for them in the second half. "

Beitzel scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half and overtime.

NAU shot 42 percent for the game but made just 2-od 14 three-point attempts in the game and 11-of-20 free throw attempts. The Bears made seven three-pointers and 21-of-31 free throws in the game.

 NAU had a chance to win the game at the end of regulation but Gabe Rogers three-pointer was off the front rim at the buzzer. The Lumberjacks scored the first basket of overtime to go up 58-56 but Beitzel connected on back-to-back three-pointers and the Lumberjacks never got any closer.

"Gabe had a wide open shot," said Adras. "I thought it was a good look. I hope next time he is in that position he will make that shot."

NAU continues on the road this week with games at Idaho State and Weber State.

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