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Men’s Basketball’s Cameron Jones Earns Big Sky Player of the Week

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OGDEN, Utah - Northern Arizona's Cameron Jones has been selected as the Big Sky Conference men's basketball player of the week after leading the Lumberjacks to a split of conference games.

"It is a pretty big complement to win the Big Sky Player of the Week," said Jones. "I have never seen a player win whose team lost during the week. It is a great accomplishment."

Jones, a 6-foot- 4 senior guard from Los Angeles, averaged 31.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game as Northern Arizona beat Idaho State 82-80 in overtime, and lost 68-67 to Weber State.

Jones scored a career-high 37 points and tied a career-high with eight rebounds in Northern Arizona's win on Thursday over Idaho State. Jones made 12-of-23 shots from the field, was 3-of-3 from 3-point range, and 10-of-14 from the free-throw line. He also had four assists and a steal. Jones hit a free throw with 35 seconds left to give NAU an 81-80 lead, and added another free throw with 10 seconds left.

"The big part about the game against Idaho State is we won the game," said Jones. "I have had a couple of career-high games and we lost. It was a much needed win at home and I am happy we got the win."

The 37 points tied the sixth-best single-game performance in school history.

Jones followed with 26 points, three rebounds, and one assist in a 68-67 loss on Saturday to Weber State. He was 10-of-19 from the field, 2-of-3 from 3-point range and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line.

In the two games, the all-conference guard shot 52.4 percent from the floor, 83.3 percent from 3-point range, and 77.8 percent from the free-throw line.

This is his third career player of the week honor.

NAU stays home this week to host Sacramento State on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. at the Rolle Activity Center.

"We have to get these home games," said Jones. "It is our goal to win over game."

Others Nominated

Tremayne Johnson, F, Eastern Washington: Averaged 15.5 points and 7 rebounds per game in two loses.

Broderick Gilchrest, G, Idaho State: Scored 22 points in a loss.

Brian Qvale, C, Montana: Averaged 14.5 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks in two games.

Erik Rush, F, Montana State: Averaged 16 points and 3 assists per game in a win and a loss.

Neal Kingman, F, Northern Colorado: Averaged 14 points and 6 rebounds per game in two wins.

Chris Harriel, F, Portland State: Scored 16 points with 12 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists in a win.

John Dickson, F, Sacramento State: Averaged 12.5 points and 4 rebounds per game in two losses.

Scott Bamforth, G, Weber State: Scored 14 points with seven assists in a win.

DID YOU KNOW…The Northern Arizona University athletics department ranked 78th to place among the Top 100 in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. NAU ranked among the top 100 schools for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and 12th overall in the last 14 years.