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Men’s Basketball Wins Opener in Battle of the Border

Calgary, Alberta, CANADA – The Northern Arizona men’s basketball won its opening game in the Battle of the Border, defeating the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns 106-72 at Jack Simpson Gym Wednesday night on the campus of the University of Calgary.

Senior guard Cameron Jones led the Lumberjacks with 21 points. Overall, seven Lumberjacks scored in double figures in the game. Sophomore Gabe Rogers scored 15, while junior Josh Lepley added 14 points in the first game. Seniors Eric Platt and Shane Johannsen each contributed 12 points, while newcomers guard Danny Redmon and forward Austin Smith notched 10 points in the their NAU debuts.

NAU, which traveled to Canada Wednesday and dealt with a delayed plane out of Phoenix, trailed early in the contest 9-6 but finished the first quarter leading 19-13. The Lumberjacks broke open the game in the second quarter, outscoring Lethbridge 36-17.

The Lumberjacks shot 49 percent in the game and won the battle on the boards 48-37 while making eight three-pointers.  

Danhue Lawrence led Lethbridge with 28 points in the contest.

The Lumberjacks play five games over five days in the tournament, including a pair against the host University of Calgary Dinos on Friday, Aug. 13 and Saturday, Aug. 14. Northern Arizona will play Lethbridge again Sunday with a single tilt against Edmonton's Concordia University College of Alberta Thursday night at 7 p.m. Flagstaff time. The game against Calgary on August 13 will be broadcast on 105.1 FM The Big Talker at 6 p.m. Friday night.

Fans can follow the trip via the blogs written by sophomore guard Michael and Voice of the Lumberjacks Mitch Strohman on the NAU athletics website and blog.

2010 Battle of the Border

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Jack Simpson Gym, University of Calgary 

FINAL

Lethbridge         13  17  16  26 – 72

Northern Ariz.   19  36  24  27 – 106  

STATS LEADERS Northern Arizona Points: Cameron Jones (21), Gabe Rogers (15), Josh Lepley (14) Rebounds: Cameron Jones (7), Austin Smith (6) Assists: Julian Olubuyi (6), Stallon Saldivar (5)   Lethbridge Points: Danhue Lawrence (28), Randy Davis (21), Derek Waldner (11) Rebounds: Derek Waldner (9), Randy Davis (6) Assists: Randy Davis (3)  

TEAM STATS Northern Arizona FG: 42-26 (.488) 3FG: 8-23 (.348) FT: 14-21 (.667) Rebounds: 48 Turnovers: 11 Steals: 14   Lethbridge FG: 21-57 (.368) 3FG: 8-22 (.364) FT: 22-27 (.815) Rebounds: 35 Turnovers: 26 Steals: 2   2010 Battle of the Border Schedule   Wednesday, August 11, 2010 Northern Arizona 106 Lethbridge 72

DID YOU KNOW…In the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, the Lumberjacks were the top-ranked team in the Big Sky Conference, while ranking eighth among schools in the Football Championship Subdivision. NAU also finished ahead of seven Bowl Championship Subdivision teams including Washington State (Pac-10), North Carolina State (ACC), Rutgers (Big East), Pittsburgh (Big East), Mississippi State (SEC), Cincinnati (Big East) and Kansas State (Big 12).