BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team continues its opening Big Sky Conference road trip at Montana State in a New Year's Eve matinee Friday afternoon at Worthington Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game can be heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker or www.bigtalkerradio.com and seen on www.bigskytv.org.
The Lumberjacks opened league play with an 83-80 loss at Montana Wednesday, while Montana State defeated Weber State 75-72. The Bobcats' Cody Anderson scored a career-high 15 points and Bobby Howard had 14 points and 13 rebounds in the win over the Wildcats.
"We have to get ready for Montana State and salvage this road trip," said Head Coach Mike Adras.
NAU has not had recent success in Bozeman, losing the last three games against the Bobcats on the road but lead the all-time series 44-40 against Montana State.
The Lumberjacks are 11-28 in Bozeman and the two schools have split the last six meetings with the home team winning each time. NAU's last win in Bozeman came during the 2006-07 season, a 92-84 win in overtime.
Montana State was one of two teams (Colorado State) to hold Cameron Jones in single digits last season, a nine point performance in Bozeman.
Jones had the best scoring game of his career on Wednesday at Montana, notching a career-high 30 points in the loss. He is now 14th on the all-time scoring list with 1,247 points, four shy of surpassing Wiley Horton (56-60) for 13th place alone on the career list
Jones has helped the Lumberjack shooting efforts of late with the team bettering 50 percent from the field in each of the last three games and five consecutive halves overall during the stretch. The Lumberjacks are shooting 54.8 (80-146) percent over the last three games while hitting 48 percent beyond the arc.
NAU returns home for three consecutive Big Sky Conference games, starting with Idaho State on Jan. 6.
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.