FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team plays the second of three home games over six days Thursday night against the third-place Montana State Bobcats. MSU won the initial meeting in Bozeman last month 86-78.
NAU has won two consecutive games and entered the homestand coming off its first league road win at Portland State. The Lumberjacks defeated Northern Colorado Monday night in the first game of the week.
"I think the win on Monday energizes our ball club," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "I think we will be excited and ready to go again Thursday night. It is a long week so we have to pace ourselves. We want to stay sharp for the games."
Montana State shot 53 percent from the field and made 11 three-pointers in the first game. The Bobcats also scored 19 points at the free throw line despite shooting just 54 percent from the line. MSU out-shot the Lumberjacks 34-15 at the free throw line.
"I thought they did a good job of taking us out of what we like to do on the court," said Adras. "We have to do a better job of executing of what we do and not let them disrupt our flow as much. Hopefully they do not knock down as many shots as they did at their place."
NAU leads the all-time series 44-41 with Montana State. The Lumberjacks are 11-29 in Bozeman and have lost four straight on the road. NAU holds a 27-12 advantage in Flagstaff. The two schools have split the last seven 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, and only team to prevent double digit scoring this season from Jones.
Tipoff is scheduled for 6:37 p.m. for a game televised by Universityhouse (Dish Network 9411) and Fox College Sports Pacific (Direct TV 623). Fans can also listen to the game locally on 105.1 FM The Big Talker or on the internet at www.bigtalkerradio.com or www.bigskytv.org. The game will be tape delayed on Fox Sports Arizona (Direct TV 686, Dish Network 415), on Friday afternoon at noon.