Photo by Jennifer Hilderbrand
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Weber State's Lindsey Hughey hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left to help Weber State post a 68-67 victory Saturday night at the Rolle Activity Center.
The Wildcats (7-7, 1-2 Big Sky) led by as many as 16 points in the second half but had to hold off a Lumberjack comeback that erased the lead. NAU eventually took a one-point lead with 1:58 left in the game on a Shane Johannsen layup.
Hughey took back the lead with a layup with 1:12 left. After a timeout by NAU, sophomore Gabe Rogers missed a three-pointer from the right corner that was grabbed by Kyle Bullinger with 46 seconds left. The Wildcats ran the shot clock down to the final second before Hughey threw up a three in front of the Wildcat bench to extend the lead to four points.
"The guy hit a remarkable shot, a step-back three with the shot clock expiring," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "I thought we played pretty good that possession but unfortunately they made the play."
Cameron Jones hit a three-pointer with two seconds left to cut the deficit to one point. NAU then fouled Highey, who missed the free throw. The desperation full court heave by Austin Smith was off the mark.
The Wildcats took advantage in the game with a 9-0 early in the second half after the game was tied at 39. The Wildcats led by as many as 16 points with 10:46 left in the game with an 18-2 run overall.
"It was real disappointing," said Adras of the early run in the second half. "They came out hitting shots from all over the place."
NAU then rallied with a 13-0 run to get back in the game behind eight straight points by Rogers to kick start the rally. The Lumberjacks eventually tied the game at 62 with 4:06 left.
"I am proud of the guys that went after at and made us a ball game and gave us a lead," said Adras. "From that 10 minute-mark to the final buzzer, I thought we played terrific basketball."
Cameron Jones led the Lumberjacks with 26 points, hitting 10-for-19 from the field with two three pointers and three rebounds. Shane Johannsen and Gabe Rogers each contributed eight points.
The Wildcats had four players in double figures led by 18 points by Bullinger. Scott Bamforth finished with 14 points and Kyle Morris added 13.
NAU shot 48.9 percent from the floor and posted a 29-24 advantage on the boards. The Lumberjacks scored 28 points at the free throw line but hit just 69 percent overall the line.
NAU (7-7, 1-3 Big Sky) stays home to host Sacramento State next Saturday in the third and final game of the current homestand. The game can be heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM The Big Talker. The game will be shown live on Universityhouse and Fox College Sports.