CHENEY, Wash. – Kris Yanku registered a career-high 30 points in the 84-65 loss to Eastern Washington at Reese Court. The Lumberjacks fall to 11-14 overall and 8-6 in Big Sky play.
Northern Arizona trailed Eastern Washington (12-13, 7-7 Big Sky) in the first half mostly in part because it had trouble defending the three. The Eagles were able to connect on eight three-pointers in the first half to take a 39-26 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the half the Eagles went on a 7-0 run. NAU was able to trim the Eagles lead to 10-2 run of its own after a few made baskets mixed with made free throws.
Unfortunately, the Lumberjacks continued to struggle to defend the three; in particular EWU guard Tyler Harvey. He netted nine of the Eagles 16 three-pointers to lead the way.
The lead that the Eagles were able to create from made three-pointers hurt NAU's chances of closing the gap, as it fell to Eastern Washington on the road to split the regular season series.
Junior center Len Springs invited Eastern Washington fans to his block party this afternoon as he set his career-high performance in motion. Within the first four and a half minutes of the game, Springs had already tallied four blocked shots. He continued his solid defensive play by ending the first half with a school record tying six blocked shots. Eastern Washington decided not to go inside as much in the second half, as Springs ended the game with six blocked shots.
Yanku connected on 13-of-16 free throws to help guide NAU. Quinton Upshur added 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.
Harvey led all players with 37 points (9-for-16 3PT FG). The Eagles connected on an opponent high 16 three-pointers and shot 53.3 percent from behind the arc. Parker Kelly and Drew Brandon chipped in 12 points apiece to help lead the Eagles.
Notes: Double digit scoring games: Quinton Upshur (23), Kris Yanku (10) … Yanku netted a career-high 30 points; only the second Lumberjack this season to cross the threshold…Len Springs tied the NAU single game high six blocked shots…