SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior Cameron Jones scored a team-high 23 points to lead Northern Arizona to a 63-42 victory over Sacramento State Thursday night. The win clinched a spot for the Lumberjacks in the Big Sky Tournament, improving to 17-10 on the season and 8-6 in Big Sky play.
"I thought we played very good defense holding them to 18 points in the first half and 42 points for the game," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "We got off to a terrific start."
The Lumberjacks won their third consecutive game, while the Hornets dropped to 7-19, 4-10 in Big Sky play. NAU also recorded its sixth road win of the season, tying the most road wins under Mike Adras during his tenure.
Jones finished 10-of-21 from the field and added two late free throws. He moved into second place on the school career scoring list, passing both Andy Hurd (1,533, 1982-86) and Ross Land (1,525, 1996-00) during the game. The senior from Los Angeles, Calif., trails only Kelly Golob by 11 points entering Saturday's game.
The Lumberjacks started the game with an 8-0 run before the Hornets rallied with a 12-3 run to take a one-point lead at 12-11 with 9:09 left in the half. NAU held the Hornets to seven points the rest of the half and led by eight at the half.
NAU extended the lead to double digits early in the second half and never looked back.
Sacramento State shot just 29.4 percent for the game and committed 16 turnovers. The Lumberjacks shot 50 percent from the field and made 8-of-9 at the line.
Sophomore Gabe Rogers added 15 points in the winning effort. Senior Shane Johannsen had eight points and six rebounds. Eric Platt added seven points off the bench and Julian Olubuyi had six points in his first start of the season.
Duro Bjegovic led the Hornets with 12 points off the bench.
NAU travels to Northern Colorado on Saturday. The game can be heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM The Big Talker and on the internet at www.bigtalkerradio.com. The game can be seen on Big Sky TV.