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Men’s Basketball Looks to End Season with Win at Montana State

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team closes the 2011-12 season with a game at Montana State on Monday night at 7 p.m. The game can be heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 FM The Big Talker.

Junior Gabe Rogers has averaged 22 points per game over his last two games, including a team-best 18 points against Montana last Thursday. The Lumberjacks lost 78-60 but showed fight in the second half, out-scoring the Big Sky leading Griz in the second half and shooting 48 percent from the field over the final 20 minutes.

The Lumberjacks hit eight three-pointers against Montana but had 22 turnovers in the contest.

Montana State enters the game on an eight-game losing streak but have secured the No. 6 seed in the upcoming Big Sky Tournament. The Bobcats are 11-16 overall on the season with a 6-9 record in conference play. They play at Portland State on Saturday in the Big Sky quarterfinal action.

Montana and Weber State are tied for the league lead at 14-1 with the conference regular season title and the right to host the Big Sky Tournament at stake when they meet in Missoula on Tuesday in a game televised by Altitude.

NAU lost the first meeting between the schools 74-72 in Flagstaff after erasing a 14-point deficit in the second half against Montana State.  The Lumberjacks have dropped five games by six or fewer points during the current streak.

The Lumberjacks (5-23, 1-14 Big Sky) are looking for their first win since Dec. 29 and avoiding ending the season on a losing streak. NAU has lost a school-record 15 straight games entering Monday.

Fans can also catch the action on Big Sky TV.