LUBBOCK, Texas – Northern Arizona (1-1) fell to Texas Tech (2-0) tonight on the road for its first loss of the season. The Lumberjacks were able to go toe-to-toe with the Red Raiders in the first half, but Texas Tech was able to slip away in the second half to come away with the 88-68 victory at United Spirit Arena.
"I was proud of how we competed against Texas Tech," said head coach Jack Murphy. "After some foul trouble we had to play some people out of position, but we grinded it out. Our defense has to keep improving and we have to defend the three-point shot better. All of guys kept playing and we were able to close the gap at the end."
For the second straight game NAU had four players score in double figures. Senior forward Max Jacobsen had a team-high 15 points and seven rebounds. Junior transfer Quinton Upshur tallied 14 points, while junior transfer Aaseem Dixon scored 11 points and freshman Kris Yanku added 10 points. NAU shot 41.8 percent (23-for-55) from the floor and 81 percent (17-for-21) from the free throw line.
The Lumberjacks led by as many as four points in the first half, but trailed by seven points at the half after shooting 44.4 percent from the field. NAU was able to stay in the game by shooting a solid 80 percent (8-for-10) from the free throw line.
Texas Tech used a 12-2 run to start the second half, but NAU was able to trade points with the Red Raiders over the course of the next four minutes. Unfortunately, Texas Tech had a surge midway through the half that gave it a lead that NAU could not recover from.
The Red Raiders shot 57.6 percent from the floor in the second half and outrebounded the Lumberjacks, as it remained undefeated on the season.
NAU will be back in action this weekend as it takes a trip to California. The Lumberjacks will play at USC on Friday, and then stay in Los Angeles for a game at Loyola Marymount on Sunday.
Notes: Tonight was the 38th meeting between both teams…Jacobsen, Upshur, Dixon and Yanku have each scored in double figures in NAU's first two games of the season.