FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The men's basketball team plays host to Eastern Washington Thursday night. Tipoff at 6:35 p.m., at the Rolle Activity Center as the Lumberjacks continue their six-game home stand. The Lumberjacks are coming off a 64-62 overtime loss to Northern Colorado on Monday.
"We have a lot of fire coming into Eastern Washington," said freshman guard James Douglas. The Lumberjacks are looking to snap a nine-game conference losing streak that starter over a month ago on Dec. 29. "We have some real competitors on this team and I am looking forward to seeing that against Eastern."
Eastern Washington enters the game with a 4-5 mark and is 10-11 overall in a tie for fifth place with Portland State in the Big Sky standings.
"We can't look back and we have to keep looking forward and continue to get better with our confidence and our belief in each other as a team," said Interim Head Coach Dave Brown.
Eastern won the first meeting 76-59 in Cheney against NAU, posting a big second half against the Lumberjacks. The Eagles made 11 of 30 three-point attempts in the contest, getting four triples from Cliff Colliman and three from Jeffrey Forbes. Colliman finished with a game-high 22 points, while Forbes had 15 points. Colin Chiverton, who did not play in the first half, added 12 points off the bench in the second half.
Chiverton is making an early-season case for Big Sky Conference Newcomer of the Year accolades, as he has had 11 20-point performances as an Eagle - including five-straight games from Jan. 12-26. He leads the league in 3-pointers made per game at 3.4 to rank fourth in NCAA Division I.
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 free Big Talker mobile app for Androids, Blackberries, iPhones and iPads. It will also be available online via Big Sky TV.
It is also being televised by NAU TV locally in Flagstaff and on Fox College Sports. Fans can also catch the game online on the NAU TV and Big Sky TV websites. Fox Sports Arizona will tape delay the game Thursday night at 11 p.m.