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January 21, 2011

Men’s Basketball on Altitude Saturday, Looks to End Road Skid

NAU Game Notes vs. Portland State (PDF)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The Northern Arizona men's basketball team will battle Portland State on Saturday at 6 p.m. Mountain in the Altitude Sports & Entertainment (Direct TV 681, Dish Network 410) Big Sky Game of the Week. Rich Winter will handle the play-by-play duties with Rashad Floyd on color commentary.

The game will air tape delay on Comcast Sports Net Northwest Saturday at 12 p.m. Mountain.  Portland State is 1-0 on Altitude this season. The Lumberjacks are making their 2011 Altitude debut.

The Lumberjacks won two of three home games on the recent home stand but have lost five straight road games including first three road league games.

Portland State owns a 17-14 advantage in the series including a 12-3 mark in Portland. The Lumberjacks swept the season series last year and won for just the third time in Portland. Two of the last four games have gone overtime, including a two overtime contest in Flagstaff last season. Mike Adras owns a 10-14 career mark against the Vikings with a 3-9 mark in Portland and 6-5 record in Flagstaff.

Head Coach Mike Adras hopes to see better performance on the board against Portland State. The Lumberjacks were out-rebounded 41-30 and had one of their poorer shooting games of the season.

The Lumberjacks gave up 17 offensive rebounds and shot just 41 percent from the floor, the worst night from the field since NAU shot 36.5 percent at USC earlier this season.

"The thing we have to address is, 'How are we going to play this game?'", said Adras. "Are we going to play on our heels or are we going to be aggressive?"

Senior Cameron Jones is now sixth on the all-time scoring list with 1,361 points. He is now 39 points shy of 1,400 points, a milestone reached by just three players in school history.

The game can also be seen on Big Sky TV and heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker and www.bigtalkerradio.com.

DID YOU KNOW…The Northern Arizona University athletics department ranked 78th to place among the Top 100 in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings. NAU ranked among the top 100 schools for the seventh time in the last eight seasons and 12th overall in the last 14 years.