FRESNO, Calif. – Northern Arizona continued its play today against Drake in the Fresno State Classic and fell to the Bulldogs 76-56. The Lumberjacks had three players score in double-figures in junior guard Quinton Upshur and freshman guards Christopher Miller and Kris Yanku.
"With a quick turnaround I was proud with how we competed for 40 minutes," said head coach Jack Murphy. "Obviously it was not the outcome we want but we didn't get down as a group and we kept fighting."
NAU struggled on the offensive end in the first half shooting just above 32 percent from the field and went into half down by 15 points. The Lumberjacks offense improved in the second half scoring 39 points and shot 50 percent from beyond the 3-point line. Upshur continues to be a key weapon for the Lumberjacks on the offense scoring 20 points while handing out three assists with two steals and grabbing two rebounds.
"I was impressed with our ability to attack the paint offensively," said Murphy. "We found some things we can build on in the future."
Drake received scoring contributions from eight different players and had four players in double-figures scoring. Drake dominated the assist category, handing out 20 assists for the game compared to NAU's seven. For the game, Drake shot 52.6 percent from the field and went 11-20 from behind the arc. Forward Chris Caird led the Bulldogs in scoring with 16 points while also recording two assists and grabbing five rebounds.
The Lumberjacks will conclude its play at the Fresno State Classic on Sunday, Dec. 1, when they take on the host, Fresno State at 3 p.m. Arizona time. Live video and stats can be found our schedules page or by clicking here.