BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team will play the final game of its three-game road swing Tuesday night at 8 p.m. against Cal State Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena. NAU has recorded a Big Sky-best two road wins this season.
Head Coach Mike Adras likes the fact his team is playing its second game in three days like the trips during the Big Sky Conference season.
"I wanted to simulate Big Sky road trips," said Adras. "The Pepperdine-Bakersfield trip is similar to what we will experience when we get to Big Sky play. That is another reason why this trip is significant for us."
NAU traveled from Malibu to Bakersfield by bus following the game on a Sunday, a distance of 95 miles.
NAU is playing Cal State Bakersfield for the first time since 1976-77. The two schools met four times from 1972-77, splitting the meetings with the home team winning each time. NAU won both meetings in Flagstaff and lost both games on the road. The two schools have both played Pepperdine this season with Bakersfield winning 66-64 and NAU posting an 88-74 victory on Sunday.
Bakersfield is coming off an 85-75 loss at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday. The Roadrunners (3-3 overall) owned the first 18 minutes, building a 14-point lead while shooting a season-high 53 percent from the floor but lost an 11-point second half lead as the Titans recorded the comeback victory.
The Roadrunners have wins over Sacramento State, Pepperdine and San Jose State this season. Stephen Carter is one of three players averaging double figures at 18.7 points per game.
NAu is coming off its best game of the season, shooting 53.6 percent against Pepperdine behind the performances of Cameron Jones and Gabe Rogers. Rogers shattered his single-game career high with 31 points helped by seven three-pointers in a game he shot 12-for-18 from the field against Pepperdine. The Houston, Texas, native had 20 points twice last season. He added a career-best tying four rebounds against the Waves.
The game can be heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker in Flagstaff and heard on the internet at www.bigtalkerradio.com.
The Lumberjacks return home to face Bethany on Saturday at 6:35 p.m. at the Rolle Activity Center.