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Men’s Basketball Declaws Bobcats, 61-41

Boxscore vs. Montana State (PDF)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Senior Shane Johannsen, who leads the NCAA in field goal percentage, had a perfect night from the field to lead Northern Arizona to a 61-41 victory Thursday night at the Rolle Activity Center.

"The nation's leading field goal shooter helped himself out tonight," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "I think he played well because Austin Smith played well. He stayed out of foul trouble and he allowed Shane to be fresh."

NAU forced 20 turnovers and held Montana State to 35 percent shooting for the game, winning their third consecutive Big Sky Conference game to improve to 13-8, 5-4 in league play. The Bobcats dropped to 11-1 overall and 5-5. The 41 points and three free throw attempts were season lows for the Bobcats, who shot less than 40 percent for the fourth straight game.

"They did not shoot a free throw in the second half which means we played solid defense," said Adras. "A lot of credit goes to our guys. In our last three games we have figured out how to play with each other on the defensive end."

Johannsen, who is now shooting 75.9 percent from the field, went 8-for-8 from the field with two rebounds and four steals to lead the Lumberjacks with a game-high 16 points. The flawless night from the field was the fifth-best single-game percentage-wise with eight field goals in school history.

"We came out with intensity and drive and we out-played them," said Johannsen. "Especially on the defensive end, they could not get things going and that really pushed us to the win."

Senior guard Cameron Jones added 11 points and sophomore Austin Smith contributed nine points. Junior Durrell Norman added nine points, while senior guard Eric Platt scored seven off the bench.

NAU out-scored the Bobcats 42-14 in the paint and 18-4 on the break while converting the 20 turnovers into 19 points.

NAU shot 50 percent for the game but were just 3-for-11 from beyond the three-point arc and 6-for-17 at the line.

NAU hosts Montana on Saturday. The Grizzlies are in first place in the league at 8-2 but are coming off a 68-52 loss at Weber State. The Lumberjacks moved into third place with the win, trailing only Montana and Northern Colorado who are tied atop the standings.

Adras won his 95th career Big Sky Conference game, moving into third place on the all-time wins list in league history.

The game can be heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker or heard on the internet at www.bigtalkerradio.com. The game will be broadcast by Universityhouse (Dish Network 9411) and Fox College Sports Pacific (Direct TV 617). The game will be tape delayed on Fox Sports Arizona (Direct TV 686, Dish Network 415) on Saturday night at 8 p.m.

 
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