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Men's Basketball Defeats Alabama State at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley

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PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. - Senior Eric Platt scored 16 points for the Northern Arizona men's basketball team in a 74-46 win over Alabama State at the Tim's Toyota Center on Tuesday night in Prescott Valley.  The Lumberjacks won their first game of the 2010-11 season at the neutral site event.

"I thought our guys responded well," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "We got off to good starts in both halves. It certainly helped us gain confidence right away."

Platt went 5-for-9 from the field with four three-pointers, four rebounds and two assists. Sophomore Stallon Saldivar improved his single-game career-best for assists for the second consecutive game with 11. Senior Cameron Jones chipped in 13 points and Gabe Rogers added 12 for the Lumberjacks.

"We had some really nice performances by a variety of guys," said Adras.

NAU never trailed in the contest, building a double digit lead in the first half  behind a strong shooting half while holding the Hornets to just 28 percent from the field. The Lumberjacks led by as many as 31 in the contest.

"It was really nice of this community to embrace us," said Adras. "There are so many people that need to be thanked that are behind the scenes. There was a nice crowd here tonight."

NAU shot 46 percent for the game while holding Alabama State to just 30 percent.

The Lumberjacks return to Flagstaff to host Southwestern on Friday night at the Rolle Activity Center as part of a doubleheader with the NAU women's team. The first game between NAU and North Dakota State tips off at 5 p.m., followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m.

Fans can listen to the men's game on 105.1 FM The Big Talker in Flagstaff or watch the game on Universityhouse (DISH Network 9411) and Fox College Sports. The game will also be available on the internet on Big Sky TV.