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November 26, 2011

Men’s Basketball Can’t Overcome First Half Deficit, Loses at Loyola Marymount

Game Stats vs. Loyola Marymount (PDF)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Loyola Marymount posted an 81-61 victory over Northern Arizona on Saturday at Gersten Pavilion behind a strong first half. The Lions finished on a 17-4 run and never let the Lumberjacks back in the contest in the second half.

"We were out-rebounded terribly," said Head Coach Mike Adras on the Lumberjack Radio Network postgame. "We gave up a minimum of 30 points in the paint on offensive rebounds. That did the most damage to us."

Freshman James Douglas led the Lumberjacks (2-4) with 16 points, while classmate Colin Gruber added 15 in the game, including 13 in the first half. Senior Durrell Norman had 11 points and five rebounds. Junior Stallon Saldivar had a team-best seven rebounds with seven assists.

The Lions (3-2) had six players in double figures led by Jarred DuBois with 17 points and six assists and six rebounds. LaRon Armstead added 11 points.

"It is hard to learn how to win on the road," said Adras. "You have to give yourselves a chance to win on the road and we have not done that. We will have more opportunities as we go along."

LMU out-rebounded the Lumberjacks 49-34 with 21 offensive rebounds. The Lumberjacks shot just 36 percent from the field and were just 5-of-22 from beyond the arc, while LMU shot 45 percent for the contest.

"They made shots tonight but you can't give teams those kind of looks and opportunities," said Adras.

Gruber had a big first half with 13 points off the bench, hitting 5-of-9 shots from the field. The Lumberjacks trailed early in the contest 21-11 but went on a 12-0 run to take a 23-21 lead with eight minutes left.  But the Lions responded.

Tied at 28, LMU went on a 10-0 run to extend the lead late in the half. The Lumberjacks scored just four points over the final 5:20 as the Lions took a 45-32 lead into the locker room. NAU shot just 39 percent in the first half, while LMU knocked down 50 percent.

NAU plays Brigham Young Wednesday at Tim's Toyota Center at 7 p.m. It will be the second consecutive game against a West Coast Conference team. The Cougars are coming off a 73-56 loss to No. 11 Wisconsin in the Chicago Invitational Challenge Championship.