POCATELLO, Idaho – It was another hard fought battle between Northern Arizona (12-16, 9-8 Big Sky) and Idaho State 10-16, 7-10 Big Sky), but it was the Lumberjacks who came out on top with the 66-65 victory at Reed Arena tonight. The win gives NAU a season sweep over the Bengals, as it snaps a three-game losing streak for the Lumberjacks.
"The guys competed tonight," said head coach Jack Murphy. "We really played hard and intelligent. I would like to see us extend our lead some more, but rebounds were crucial tonight and Max Jacobsen came up with some big ones in the final minutes of play."
It was a two-man scoring spree in the first half for Northern Arizona thanks to the hot scoring hands of Quinton Upshur and Max Jacobsen. The duo managed 31 points between the two to help lead the Lumberjacks into the half tied at 31-All versus Idaho State.
After back-to-back baskets by Martin and Gaellan Bewernick, the Bengals were forced to call a timeout to slow things down as the Lumberjacks took a 45-38 lead.
The Bengals rallied back with a 10-0 run of their own late in the second half to cut the Lumberjacks' lead to 55-52. The Lumberjacks however did not give up, as they were able to take a 63-59 advantage with two minutes left in the game.
After a made basket by Yanku, the Bengals went on a 6-0 run to tie the game at 65-All. With 21.0 seconds left on the clock, Jacobsen missed the first shot of a one-and-one, but Idaho State wasn't able to connect on the other end.
The Bengals fouled Yanku with 6.1 seconds left on the clock. Yanku stepped to the line to and made the first of two free throw shots, but it was all that NAU needed to earn the last second victory over Idaho State.
Upshur registered a career-high eight three-pointers as he finished with a team-high 28 points. Jacobsen recorded 20 points and eight rebounds, while Yanku and Martin finished with eight points each.
Four Bengals scored in double figures, but it was Tomas Sanchez who led Idaho State with 17 points. Jeffrey Solarin had a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Notes: Double figure scoring games: Quinton Upshur (25) and Max Jacobsen (17)…Upshur and Jacobsen scored all of NAU's points in the first half…Seventh 20-point scoring game for Upshur and career high eight made three-pointers…Fourth 20-point scoring game of the season for Jacobsen…Len Springs has 52 blocked shots on the season…