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December 6, 2011

Men’s Basketball Hopes to Ride Home-Court Win Streak against the Waves

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team hopes to ride its current nine-game home court winning streak when the Pepperdine Waves visit the Rolle Activity Center Wednesday night. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.

The Lumberjacks own one of the nation's longest home-court winning streaks at nine games dating to last season. NAU won the final seven home games last season, winning 12 of 13 overall to post a 92.3 winning percentage. It is the 17th-longest current home-court winning streak in the nation.

Pepperdine is 4-3 and coming off a win over Hawaii on Saturday. The Waves have played two upcoming opponents on the Lumberjacks schedule, winning at Arizona State and losing at CSU Bakersfield. Taylor Darby is their leading scorer at 12.0 points per game.

"Pepperdine is pretty good," said Head Coach Mike Adras. "They already have road wins at ASU and Texas-San Antonio and heat Hawaii the other night. They are a much improved team from last season. We got the better of them at their place last season and I am sure they will be motivated coming back here. Hopefully we will step up. We are looking forward to having a home game."

NAU is 0-6 away from Flagstaff this season including three true road games and three neutral contests.

NAU and Pepperdine are meeting for the 16th time in school history. NAU has won just three of 15 meetings with the Waves and had lost the four overall in the series before posting an 88-74 victory last season. The teams last played in Flagstaff in 2007-08 with Pepperdine winning 93-87 in overtime. 

NAU is coming off a pair of losses last week to BYU in Prescott and Arizona in Tucson. Adras feels the games helped the development of his young team.

"We made advances last week," said Adras. "We want to continue along that path, trying to get better on our journey to play our best ball come Big Sky Conference time."

The Lumberjacks host CSU- Bakersfield on Saturday before finishing with road games at Arizona State and Sam Houston State before the holiday break.

Fans can bring new unwrapped toys to all three NAU basketball games this week and receive free admission for their donations. NAU Athletics will collection donations at the game on Wednesday against Pepperdine, as well as the women's basketball game versus Nebraska on Saturday (1:35 p.m.) and men's game against CSU Bakersfield Saturday night.

"The toy drive is important because it stays local," said Adras. "Every child should enjoy opening at least one present. It is nice to see people show up with a gift to help a worthy cause."

The game can be heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM The Big Talker in Flagstaff, Prescott and Sedona and online via The Big Talker website and their mobile app. It will also be televised by NAU-TV on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox College Sports, Fox Sports Prime Ticket and channel 4 locally. Fans can also catch the matchup online via webs streams on NAU-TV and Big Sky TV with Mitch Strohman and Dave Brown calling all the action.