Mens Basketball Suffers First Loss at Battle of the Border
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA – Northern Arizona men’s basketball fell to 2-1 at the Battle of the Border with an 89-65 loss to the University of Calgary at Jack Simpson Gym on Friday night.
The third quarter was the difference after NAU entered halftime down a point at 30-29. The Lumberjacks were outscored 33-12 in the quarter with Calgary hitting 5-of-8 three-point field goals. For the game, Calgary hit 13-24 from three-point range.
“They out worked us and played harder,” said head coach Mike Adras. “Our rotations were poor and they hit shots when we were not in position. They scored in a variety of ways.
“I give them credit. I told the team if you do not show up ready to do what you need to do you are going to get caught. This is their home arena in front of their fans. They wanted this more.”
NAU shot 35 percent for the game with splits of 41 percent in the first half and 30 percent in the second. Calgary hit just 37 percent of its field goals in the first half, but opened up its double-digit lead with 72.4 percent in the second.
“We did not show up and play well,” Adras said. “If you do not play well and do not play harder than your opponent then you probably are not going to win. We never overcame those things in this ball game.”
Eric Platt led NAU in scoring for the second consecutive game with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 2-of-4 on three-point field goals. Josh Lepley added 10 points rounding out NAU’s double-digit scorers.
Jared Ogungbemi-Jackson led all scorers with 21 points. Tyler Fidler turned in the games only double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
The Lumberjacks will have a rematch opportunity against Calgary tomorrow night. NAU then plays the Lethbridge Pronghorns in the fifth and final game in the Battle of the Border on Sunday, August 15.
“It will be interesting tomorrow night,” Adras said. “We will talk to the guys tomorrow about what happened and what they need to do different. We will come out and have to play a lot better than we did tonight.”