February 3, 2013

Men’s Basketball at Sacramento State for Monday Night Game

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team will play its second consecutive road game in a rare Monday night contest at Sacramento State. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. Arizona time from the Hornets Nest.

The Lumberjacks are coming off a 78-67 loss Saturday at Southern Utah, a team that beat Sacramento State two nights before by almost the identical score with a 79-67 defeat of the Hornets.

The two teams are both fighting to stay among the top seven in the conference standings. Sacramento State is 5-6 and 10-9 in sixth place, while the Lumberjacks are one game back at 4-7 in seventh a half game ahead of Northern Colorado and Eastern Washington in the standings.

"They are a really well coached team by Coach Katz," said Head Coach Jack Murphy. "They have two of the best non-conference wins in the league this season. The win at Utah is looking better and better every day. They are really difficult to play at home in Sacramento."

The Hornets are 4-1 in Big Sky play and 7-2 overall at home this season. NAU represents the first of three straight home games for Sacramento State this week.

"It is going to be challenge for us," said Murphy. "The guys are excited for it. Obviously, we are coming off a game with them in Flagstaff that was a sloppy game. Neither team really got going offensively. We know how they like to play and how talented they are. So we will need to match their level of intensity and energy.

NAU defeated the Hornets with a 57-50 victory in Flagstaff in early January.

The game represents the second game over eight days for the Lumberjacks, who return home to host Portland State on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. and Eastern Washington on Saturday at 1:05 p.m.

Fans can catch the game on the radio on 105.1 The Big Talker and can watch on Big Sky TV online.