2009-10 Men’s Basketball Season Highlights

2009-10 Men’s Basketball Season Highlights

* Northern Arizona (14-14, 8-8 Big Sky) qualified for its 19th Big Sky Championship appearance in school history and ninth in 11 years under Head Coach Mike Adras. The Lumberjacks lost in the quarterfinals to Montana. NAU has now won at least 14 games in 9 of 11 seasons under Adras.

* The Lumberjacks ranked 35th in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage at 47.1 percent in 2009-10 (as of 3/7/10). NAU is one of three schools to rank among the top 35 in NCAA Division I in field goal percentage in each of the last five seasons (Kansas, Gonzaga). NAU was the only school to rank among the top 15 each season from 2006-09. During the last five seasons, the Lumberjacks ranked eighth in 2005-06, seventh in 2006-07, 14th in 2007-08 and 13th in 2008-09 in field goal percentage.

* Junior Cameron Jones was one of three unanimous selections to the All-Big Sky first team. He was the only player in the Big Sky Conference to rank among the top 15 in points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage. He finished the season ranked among the Big Sky leaders in points (19.3, 2nd), rebounds (4.6, 15th), assists (2.8, 12th), field-goal percentage (50.2, 10th), free throw percentage (74.3, 12th) and three-point percentage (42.3, 9th).

* Cameron Jones eclipsed the 1,000-point mark for his career in the final game of the season, becoming the 25th player in school history with 1,000 career points. He finished the season with 541 points, the third-best single season total in school history, and a 19.3 points per game average, the fourth-best single-season total.

* Senior Nick Larson saw action in 116 career games, tied for the fourth-best total in school history, with 44 career starts. Larson led NAU to three Big Sky Tournament appearances, helped NAU tie for the Big Sky regular season title as a freshman and make two Big Sky Tournament Championship game appearances. He scored 401 points in his career and grabbed 377 rebounds. He reset his single-game career-high for rebounds two times in the last five games, grabbing 12 boards at Idaho State and 15 against Portland State.

* Shane Johannsen ranked second in the Big Sky in field goal percentage at 62.9, the fourth-best single-season total in school history, and would have one of the top percentages in NCAA Division I but fails meet the minimum requirement of five made field goals per game (4.2).

* NAU played in four overtime game during the season and three consecutive overall at one points. The Lumberjacks tied the school record for overtime games in one season, accomplished three previous times and last during the 1991-92 season. NAU ended a four-game overtime losing streak overall with the win over Portland State.  NAU is 42-37 all-time in overtime contests.

* Adras has moved into fourth place on the Big Sky’s all-time career conference victory list with 90. Adras trails Montana State’s Mick Durham (123), Boise State’s Bobby Dye (102) and Weber State’s Neil McCarthy (94) in conference wins. Adras also ranks fourth in overall victories with 172 behind Durham, who won 246 overall games, Dye (214) and McCarthy (200).

* NAU enjoyed one of the best single-game 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.

* NAU had six road wins this season, equaling the best total under Adras in his 11-year tenure and won three consecutive road games for the first time since 2005-06.

* NAU swept the Northwest road trip for the first time since 2001-02 and won for only the third time in 15 games against the Vikings on the road. The win also snapped a six-game losing streak to Portland State and ended a 13-game home winning streak by the Vikings dating to last season.

* The 113 points against Northern New Mexico were the 11th-best single-game total in school history and NAU's 62 first-half points were one short of the first half record of 63.

* NAU played four Mountain West opponents with games at potential NCAA Tournament teams San Diego State and New Mexico, as well as at Air Force and Colorado State during the non-conference slate.

* NAU played eight of nine games on the road at one point with the only home contest coming against UC Riverside on Dec. 13. The Lumberjacks visited five states: California, Montana, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas during the stretch and traveled by train (New Mexico), plane and automobile a total of 7,004 miles on the five trips to play the eight games. The team drove to Phoenix and back six times during the month.

* NAU played in a five-team event called the West Coast Classic with San Diego State, Pacific, Santa Clara and Fresno State. NAU went 1-2 overall and had a fourth game suspended.

* NAU had 12 of its games on national and regional television, including three live broadcasts on FSN Arizona and Fox College Sports. NAU also participated in the Big Sky Conference Game of the Week on Altitude three times.

Individual Honors

Luis Flores

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award

Shane Johannsen

Mike Nesbitt Award

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award

Cameron Jones

All-Big Sky First Team

Joe Rolle Most Valuable Player

West Coast Classic All-Tournament Team

Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, Jan. 18

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award

DeAngelo Jones

West Coast Classic All-Tournament Team

Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, Nov. 24-29

Nick Larson

Most Improved Award

Coaches Award

Casey Ommen

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award

Eric Platt

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award

Gabe Rogers

Newcomer of the Year

Stallon Saldivar

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award

Reid Wallace

Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete Award

Team Behind the Team
December 14, 2009 Team Behind the Team