Men’s Basketball Loses to Pepperdine; Home-Court Win Streak Snapped
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team had its nine-game home court winning streak snapped against Pepperdine Wednesday night 49-40 at the Rolle Activity Center.
"I feel like we are doing things we need to be successful," said Adras. "Now we just have to win a ball game. We lost the ball game but we did not lose the game without a fight."
The Lumberjacks (2-7) shot just 28.8 percent from the field, the lowest field-goal percentage in a game since a loss to San Diego State in 2009 when the Lumberjacks shot just 26.5 percent in an 89-48 loss.
"We ran good stuff but we just did not make shots," said Adras.
The Lumberjacks made just 15 of 52 baskets but forced 15 turnovers with the help of eight steals. The Waves shot just 40.5 percent for the game.
"We are a young and inexperienced team," said Norman after the game. "Games like this will help us in the future and we will be able to perform in clutch situations."
NAU trailed by just four points 41-37 with 3:50 left in the game but the Waves went on an 8-0 run to extend the lead to 12 points over the final minutes. Saldivar hit a three-pointer in the final seconds to cut the deficit to nine points to end the game.
NAU trailed for most of the first half and took a 25-15 deficit into the locker room at halftime.
"I told the team there were no 10-point plays at half time," said Adras. "Let's chip away at the lead and we did that. It stagnated and we cut it to four and then we made a mistake."
NAU lost at home for the first time since Jan. 8 against Weber State, a 68-67 loss.
NAU plays host to CSU-Bakersfield on Saturday at 6:35 p.m.