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Men’s Basketball Dominates Inside, Posts 91-50 Victory over Bethany

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Boxscore vs. Bethany (PDF)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team won its sixth consecutive game Saturday, posting a 91-50 victory over Bethany (Calif.) University at the Rolle Activity Center. NAU improved to 6-2 on the season.

"It is a tough game because the opponent is overmatched and you wonder how much the guys are going to stay focused," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "I thought we did a good job and I liked the mental mindset of our guys about business when they get on the court."

NAU posted its first six-game winning streak since the 2007-08 season.

Senior Cameron Jones scored a game-high 20 points among four Lumberjacks in double figures. Junior Josh Lepley scored 15 points with five rebounds and a career-high tying four blocks. Sophomore Austin Smith added 12 points and Shane Johannsen notched 11 in the victory.

The Lumberjacks shot 57 percent for the game, out-rebounding the Bruins 43-32. NAU scored 62 points in the paint and got 44 points off the bench and 19 fast break points.

"I thought we could dominate those guys on the inside and I thought we did," said Adras. "When look at Josh Lepley, Austin Smith and Shane Johannsen all scoring in double figures and we did beat them on the boards."

Bethany kept the game close for the first 10 minutes trailing by just three at the 10:42 mark of the opening half. But the Lumberjacks went on 14-2 run over the next five minutes to extend the lead to double figures. NAU led by 21 at the half and led by as many as 44 in the second half.

NAU continues to play at home hosting Texas Pan-American on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 6:35 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center. The game can be seen on Universityhouse (Dish Network 9411) and Fox College Sports, as well as www.bigskytv.org. Fans can hear the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM The Big Talker and on the internet at www.bigtalkerradio.com.

DID YOU KNOW…Northern Arizona ranked among the top athletic departments in the country during the 2009-10 academic year with a Top 100 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings at 78th. NAU ranked among the top 100 for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and 12th overall in the last 14 years.