Men’s Basketball Holds Lillard to 18, Falls to Weber State
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team shot 31 percent from the field in falling 67-49 to league-leading Weber State Thursday night at the Rolle Activity Center.
"I feel like we played hard but we had too many turnovers that they converted into easy baskets," said senior Durrell Norman. "The effort was there but we were not executing the way we wanted to."
The Lumberjacks held Damian Lillard to 18 points, seven below his season average on 5-of-12 shooting from the field. He went 8-of-9 from the line with five assists. Lillard, who entered the game leading the nation in points per game, did not make a three-pointer for the first time this season.
"We played them hard both halves," said Interim Head Coach Dave Brown. "We held the nation's leading scorer to 18 points. I am very proud of the effort. I have to give Coach Rahe and his team a lot of credit. They have a good team."
Kyle Bullinger added 16 points for the Wildcats, while Byron Fulton added 13 off the bench.
NAU kept it close in the first half, trailing only by seven heading into the locker room 30-27. Both teams went 10-for-27 from the field in the first half with the only difference coming at the free throw line with Wildcats going 7-for-7 while the Lumberjacks missed their only attempt.
Weber State shot 54 percent in the second half to build a single-digit advantage into a 24-point lead with seven minutes left in the game. NAU trailed by just 10 points at 44-34 with 12:54 left but the Wildcats went on an 18-4 run to extend the lead to 24. NAU then went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 15 points but never got any closer.
'We had a ton of turnovers and we telegraphed passes," said Douglas. 'We were not making good decisions on the floor and those turnovers led to baskets for them."
Weber State posted a 28-16 advantage in points in the paint and out-rebounded the Lumberjacks 40-31.
The Lumberjacks will play their final conference game Saturday against Idaho State. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. in the Rolle Activity Center.