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January 28, 2012

Men’s Basketball Dropped by Hornets in Sacramento

NAU Game Stats vs. Sacramento State (PDF)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sacramento State snapped a 14-game losing streak against Northern Arizona with a 77-43 win Saturday night at the Hornets Nest.  Sacramento State won its first conference game of the season, while the Lumberjacks lost their eighth consecutive Big Sky game.

NAU dropped to 5-16 on the season, 1-8 in Big Sky play, while the Hornets improved to 5-15, 1-8. Sacramento State snapped a nine-game losing streak overall and 11-game conference losing streak. The two teams split a pair of meetings this season.

The Hornets took control of the game early and extended the lead in the second half.  Konner Veteto led the Hornets with 24 points off the bench, while Jackson Carbajal had a career-high 18 points.

NAU shot just 32.7 percent in the contest with Stallon Saldivar and Mike Dunn struggling from the field, combining to go just 1-for-12 from the floor. Junior Gabe Rogers led the Lumberjacks with 13 points, making 4-of-9 shots. James Douglas had 11 points, while Gaellan Bewernick added nine points.

NAU was out-boarded by 13 and had 16 turnovers in the game. The Hornets out-scored the Lumberjacks 50-20 in the paint.

The Lumberjacks fell behind in the first half after scoring the first two points of the contest. The Hornets scored the next nine points in the game and led 16-6 eight minutes into the game. Sacramento State led by as many as 19 points, taking a 38-19 lead at the half.

NAU shot just 35 percent in the first half and was out-rebounded 21 to 9 while having nine turnovers.

Douglas led the Lumberjacks with six points in the first half.

NAU returns home for three games next week at the Rolle Activity Center starting with Northern Colorado on Monday night. Tipoff is at 6:35 p.m. The Lumberjacks also host Portland State and Eastern Washington next week.