BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Big Sky Player of the Week Gabe Rogers scored the go-ahead basket with 1:39 left and sealed the game with three free throws in the final 15 seconds as the Lumberjacks held on to post an 81-77 victory over CSU Bakersfield Tuesday night at the Rabobank Arena.
"Gabe Rogers kept us in the game again," said Adras. "He came right back and had a good game for us tonight."
Rogers had a career-high 31 against Pepperdine on Sunday. NAU won its fifth consecutive game and third straight road game to improve to 5-2 on the season.
Rogers, who earned the conference player of the week honor earlier in the day, posted a game-high 26 points with four rebounds and five assists. He went 8-for-15 from the field with four three-pointers and six free throws. He was one of four players in double figures for the Lumberjacks.
"It was a great road trip for us," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "I don't think we played that well but we found a way to persevere."
The Lumberjacks shot 52.6 percent for the game while holding the Roadrunners to 40 percent for the game. The Lumberjacks won the battle on the boards 38-36.
Stephon Carter scored 24 points to lead the Roadrunners.
NAU trailed at halftime by a point after falling behind by eight points at one point. The Roadrunners led by eight at the 11:51 mark of the second half but the Lumberjacks quickly tied the game at 59.
Overall the game featured 12 ties and 16 lead changes including nine in the second half.
CSU Bakersfield led by four points with 3:33 left in the game but never made a basket the rest of the game. A free throw by DeAngelo Jones and basket by Johannsen cut the lead to one before Rogers hit the go-ahead basket with 1:39 left. Johannsen added another hoop with 50 seconds left and Rogers sealed the game by hitting three of four attempts at the charity stripe in the final minute.
The Lumberjacks return home to play host to Bethany Saturday at 7 p.m. The game time was pushed back to accommodate Bethany's travel. The game can be seen on Big Sky TV at www.bigskytv.com and heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker and on the internet at www.bigtalkerradio.com.