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Men’s Basketball Loses at Montana

NAU vs. Montana Game Stats (PDF)

MISSOULA, Mont. - The Northern Arizona men's basketball team lost to Montana 78-60 Thursday night. The Lumberjacks dropped their 15th consecutive game overall and 14th straight in Big Sky play. The loss tied the longest single-season losing streak in school history.

Junior Gabe Rogers led the team with 18 points, while senior forward Durrell Norman had 11 points and five rebounds. Rogers had four three-pointers in the game, going 7-for-19 overall from the field. Michael Dunn and Stallon Saldivar each added seven points off the bench.

The Lumberjacks shot just 26.5 percent in the first half, falling behind 43-26 in the first 20 minutes. The Griz went on a 16-2 run to start the game and never looked back, leading by 19 at the half.

NAU out-scored Montana in the second half, improving to 48 percent in the second half with five three-pointers. But it was too much to overcome.

"It was pretty even in the second half," said Brown. "We did bounce back and gave them a ball game. We just have to work harder working through to that 40 minute point."

Brown credited the defensive effort of Dunn in the game, who had three steals in the game.

UM won for the 10th consecutive game, improving to 13-1 in league play and 21-6 overall. Derek Selvig led the Griz with 19 points and eight rebounds. Kareem Jamar added 14 points, while Mathias Ward had 13 in the contest.

NAU completes the regular season Monday against Montana State. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Fans can catch all the action on 105.1 FM The Big Talker and online on Big Sky TV.