Mens Basketball Finishes 4-1 on Canadian Tour; Defeats Lethbridge 83-62
Calgary, Alberta, CANADA – Luis Flores scored a team-best 17 points to lead Northern Arizona to a 83-62 victory over Lethbridge in the final game of the Battle of the Border hosted by the University of Calgary. The Lumberjacks finished 4-1 in the five-game Canadian Tour.
“It's been a very productive two plus weeks for us in terms of practicing and camaraderie, getting some real game conditions in and having to respond to different challenges,” said Head Coach Mike Adras. “I'm very pleased with the way we played on this trip and I think this helps prepare us for the rigors of Big Sky travel.”
Flores went 6-for-10 from the field while hitting four three-pointers and grabbing a team-best six rebounds. Sophomore Stallon Saldivar added 10 points among 11 players who scored in the contest. Juniors Josh Lepley and Austin Smith each contributed nine points in the contest.
Playing 12 hours after posting a victory over Calgary Saturday night, the Lumberjacks took a 9-1 advantage over the first three minutes of the first quarter and led 21-13 after the first break in action. NAU extended the lead to double digits in the second quarter behind their inside play. After being out-scored in the third quarter 19-17, they extended the lead to 20 in the fourth quarter, finishing the game strong.
“The thing I've learned about this team over the last few weeks was the team's ability to communicate with each other and I think that's a good sign to see that we're already focusing in on this year's team,” said Adras.
NAU shot 50 percent for the game, hitting 11 three-pointers and recording a strong game at the line (77 percent).
Lethbridge had three players in double figures led by Zack Humphrey with a game-high 22 points.
Senior Cameron Jones led the team in scoring over the five game, averaging 14.6 points per game in 17 minutes per contest. Senior Eric Platt scored 13.6 points per game while making a team-best 11 three-pointers.