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November 27, 2010

Men’s Basketball Plays at Pepperdine Sunday

NAU Game Notes vs. Pepperdine (PDF)

MALIBU, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team will take their three-game winning streak on the road against Pepperdine on Sunday with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. Flagstaff time.

The game can be heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker locally and on the internet at www.bigtalkerradio.com. Fans can catch free video of the game on the Pepperdine athletics website.

"It is another chance to play well on the road," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "You want to establish that you can be successful on the road and build on the momentum we created with the game against Kennesaw State in Atlanta. They are a very good West Coast Conference team."

Shane Johannsen scored 14 points and grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds to help NAU post a 74-66 road victory over Kennesaw State in the final game of the Global Sports Hy-Vee Challenge on Monday.

Pepperdine (2-4) enters the game off a win over Arkansas State in the Dick's Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-off. Junior guard Keion Bell leads the Waves off the bench, scoring 22.0 points per game, while senior forward Mychal Thompson has averaged 16.2 ppg.

'They have a very talented team," said Adras. "They can really shoot the ball and rotate a bunch of guys down low. They are really deep. Hopefully we catch them on an off shooting night because if multiple guys are making shots they are a very dangerous team."

NAU and Pepperdine are meeting for the 15th time in school history. NAU has won just two of 14 meetings with the Waves and has lost the last four overall in the series. The teams last played in 2007-08 with Pepperdine winning 93-87 in overtime in Flagstaff. True freshman Cameron Jones scored eights points off the bench in 19 minutes in the contest. NAU is 0-10 all-time in Malibu.

The game is the first of three in Southern California over the next two weeks for the Lumberjacks. NAU has several players from California, including senior Cameron Jones (Los Angeles), Gaellen Bewernick (Los Angeles), Durrell Norman (Victorville) and Clint Bozner (Corona). NAU plays at Cal-State Bakersfield on Tuesday and USC on Dec. 11.

Sophomore Stallon Saldivar has been playing solid for the Lumberjacks over the first five games, resetting career highs in every category over the first two weeks of the season.

"You can see Stallon's confidence level rising and doing so well for us," said Adras. "He really has played well, scoring, dishing the ball and rebounding. Hopefully that will continue."

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.