FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Eric Platt scored a career-high 28 points to lead Northern Arizona to a 97-47 victory over Southwestern College in their home opener Friday night at the Rolle Activity Center. The Lumberjacks won their second consecutive game to improve to 2-2 on the season, while the Eagles dropped to 0-3 on the season.
"Guys were getting me the ball and hopefully I can make open shots," said Platt, who broke his single-game mark set against Southwestern last season. "I feel that is my job on the team and to create for others. The hoop just seemed like the ocean today. It was as big as could be. I felt good tonight."
Platt scored 26 points against the Eagles in the home opener in 2009-10.
The Casper, Wyo., native went 10-for-17 from the field while hitting 8-of-12 attempts beyond the three-point arc. He added five rebounds and an assist in 29 minutes of action. Senior Cameron Jones added 18 points, while sophomore Austin Smith contributed 11 points.
Southwestern jumped out to the early 8-2 lead when Daniel Stanton hit a pair of three-pointers to start the game. The Lumberjacks outscored The Eagles 39-19 the rest of the half. Senior Shane Johannsen scored 10 of his 11 points in the first 20 minutes to pace the team.
NAU did not let up in the second half, shooting almost 56 percent while making 19-of-34 attempts. Platt scored 20 of his 28 points in the final 20 minutes.
NAU forced 15 steals and had nine blocks while totaling just 10 turnovers in the contest.
Stanton finished with a team-best 20 points for Southwestern.
The Lumberjacks continue action in the Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge Monday against Kennesaw State in Marietta, Ga. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Flagstaff. Fans can listen to Mitch Strohman's call of action on 105.1 FM The Big Talker or on the internet www.bigtalkerradio.com.