FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team hopes its second road trip with end in better results when they travel to Los Angeles to take on Loyola Marymount on Saturday night at 8:30 p.m.
"I hope we learn from our first road experience and play much better this time knowing what is ahead of us and what we have to do to be successful against a very good team," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "They have a lot of guys that return from last year that have a lot of experience."
The Lumberjacks lost their first three games starting the season at the Hilltop Challenge two weeks. After two consecutive wins against non-Division I competition, the Lumberjacks have regained some confidence on the court. They won their two games by a combined 92 points, shot 54 percent in the two contests (75-for-138) and had a plus 53 margin on the boards
"We are just going one game at a time and want to see some improvement from the first trip," said Adras. "Each game the competition level gets tougher. Our focus is on LMU at this point."
NAU is 2-5 all-time against Loyola Marymount with the last meeting coming on Dec. 29, 2004 in the opening round of the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic in Logan, Utah. NAU lost a nine-point second half lead and shot just 36 percent in the second half as the LMU erased a 38-30 half-time deficit. DeJuan Stevens had 17 points to lead the Lumberjacks. Kelly Golob added 13 points. Prior to that meeting, the two schools played a home-and-home series in 1996 with the home team winning each matchup. They first met in 1937 and again in 1952 and 1973. NAU's two wins in the series were in 1937 and 1996.
Loyola Marymount (2-2) comes into the game off an overtime victory over Idaho State Tuesday night. Sophomore Anthony Ireland scored 25 points to lead LMU to a 79-76 win in overtime. Ireland scored the Lions' final six points in a game that featured 11 ties and 25 lead changes, 17 in the second half alone. The Lions are 0-2 at home this season with losses to Middle Tennessee State and Harvard after winning at UCLA to open the season/
Ireland leads the team with 19.3 points per game among three players in double figures.
NAU has five players from California, including Gaellan Bewernick (Los Angeles). Bewernick recorded his first double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds to lead NAU Arizona to an 80-49 victory over Northern New Mexico Tuesday night. Bewernick, who had 12 rebounds in the first four games, grabbed 11 while scoring 14 points, tying for game-high honors.
The game can be heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM The Big Talker and online via The Big Talker website and their mobile app.
After LMU, NAU hosts BYU in Prescott in the Lumberjack Classic next Wednesday.