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January 30, 2014

Weber State Hands NAU Its First Big Sky Home Loss of the Season

FLAGSATAFF, Ariz. – A slow start to the second half for Northern Arizona hurt the Lumberjacks as it fell to conference leading Weber State 76-67 tonight at the Walkup Skydome. The loss was the first Big Sky loss at home for NAU this season.

"We needed to play hard for 40 minutes," said head coach Jack Murphy. "Weber State is a good team. We didn't do a good job of executing in the second half and in order to beat a great team like Weber State we are going to have play at our best for 40 minutes."

The Lumberjacks (8-12, 5-4 Big Sky) shot 46.2 percent in the first half, but trailed going into the locker room 35-29 thanks to a last second three-pointer by the Wildcats.

Coming out of the half, NAU missed its first nine shots before senior forward Max Jacobsen converted a layup at the 13:17 mark. The Lumberjacks struggled to get their offense going, but trips to the charity stripe were able to keep them in the game.

After a few Weber State (11-6, 8-1 Big Sky) turnovers late in the second half, NAU was able to cut the Wildcats' lead to five points after the Lumberjacks went on an 8-0 run. Unfortunately, Weber State went 6-for-6 from the free throw in the final 50 seconds of the game to cut NAU's comeback short.

Jacobsen netted 18 points to lead the home team. Quinton Upshur added 15 points and Kris Yanku chipped in 14. NAU shot 41.4 percent from the floor, but shot 9.1 percent from the three-point line.

"I have to give credit to Weber State," said Upshur. "We came out flat and we can't do that against a great team like Weber. We played good at the end of the game, but we have to play with that intensity the entire game."

Davion Berry led all scorers with 28 points and eight rebounds. Jeremy Senglin added 15 points, while Joel Bolomboy scored nine points and pulled down 13 rebounds. The Wildcats shot 53.8 percent from the field and 50 percent from long range.

The win was the 12th straight for the Wildcats over NAU.

NAU returns to the court on Saturday, Feb. 1 when it hosts Idaho State at 3 p.m.

Notes: Double digit scoring games Quinton Upshur (18), Max Jacobsen (15) and Kris Yanku (9)…Fist Big Sky loss at home this season for NAU.