Men’s Basketball Drops Showdown in Ogden
OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team had its four-game winning streak snapped at Weber State Thursday night 82-55 at the Dee Events Center. The Wildcats improved to 7-4 in league play while the Lumberjacks dropped to 6-5.
"We did not play the way I thought we would come out tonight," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "The rebound comparison of 39-18 tells me right there that they had more heart and determination tonight and it showed in the way we played this ball game."
Weber State led by as many as 21 points in the first half but the Lumberjacks cut the lead to 10 points at halftime. The Wildcats had a 10-0 run early in the game to build a 13-3 advantage at the 12:34 mark of the first half. Weber State then extended the lead to 28-7 with 5:59 left in the half as the Lumberjacks managed just four points over six-plus minutes.
But NAU fought back before half time with an 18-7 run capped by a half-court three-pointer by Stallon Saldivar at the buzzer to trail just 35-25 heading into the locker rooms.
The Lumberjacks cut the lead to eight points in the second half on a three-pointer by Cameron Jones with 14:27 left in the game but would never get closer.
Weber State's Scott Bamforth, who led the Wildcats with a game-high 27 points behind seven three-pointers, then hit a triple to put Weber State back by 11 points and the game was never close again. The Wildcats out-scored NAU 27-12 over the final 12 minutes of the game.
"When we cut it to eight points, it was Bamforth that hit some really big shots for them," said Adras.
The Lumberjacks have now lost six straight games to the Wildcats, who have won 20 consecutive regular season conference home games and are 35-3 under coach Randy Rahe in regular season Big Sky home games.
The biggest statistic of the game came on the boards with Weber State posting a 39-18 advantage. Kyle Bullinger led the Wildcats with 14 boards to go with his 18 points.
Sophomore Gabe Rogers led the Lumberjacks with 21 points with five three-pointers. Senior guard Cameron Jones had 13 points but was just 5-of-16 from the field for the game. Stallon Saldivar, who is from Salt Lake City, added nine points.
NAU shot just 41 percent from the field and made 4-of-11 free throws, while Weber State shot 55 percent, the highest percentage allowed by the Lumberjacks this season. The Wildcats also hit 12-of-20 three-pointers and made 18-of-20 at the line.
NAU travels to Pocatello, Idaho, to face Idaho State Saturday night in the second game of the road trip. The game can be heard on 105.1 FM The Big Talker or online at www.bigtalkerradio.com.