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September 28, 2013

Men’s Basketball Completes Official First Day of Practice

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team's first official practice of the 2013-14 season is now in the books. Head coach Jack Murphy and his team hit the hardwood this morning for three solid hours of work at the Rolle Activity Center.

"I thought that our first practice went well," said Murphy. "Obviously there's some sloppiness and some guys are still getting into game shape. It's the first time they've had to practice this long in months. The guys played with intensity and had a lot of energy. We need to clean some things up on both sides of the ball, but that will come as practice continues."

With six returning lettermen and 10 newcomers on the roster, the Lumberjacks had to familiarize themselves with each other and the playbook. This morning was just the first of many practices to come as NAU prepares for the upcoming season.

"It feels good. I think it was a good first day," said senior forward Max Jacobsen. "Everyone came out today and worked hard. We still have a lot to work on, but we're moving in the right direction."

The Lumberjacks have six weeks before their season opener at UTSA, but will host an exhibition game versus Arizona Christian on Wednesday, Oct. 30.