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Men’s Basketball Upsets Big Sky Leader Weber State in Overtime

Mackenzie Kasper,Big Sky Conference

Quinton Upshur hits the game winning shot en route to a 26-point performance.

OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona (13-16, 10-8 Big Sky) took down Big Sky leader Weber State (16-10, 13-5 Big Sky) on the road tonight, 73-71. The Lumberjacks handed the Wildcats their first conference home loss this season, snapping a league record 27 straight home wins. Junior forward Quinton Upshur hit the game winning shot to sink Weber State. The win snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Wildcats.

"Q made a great hard cut, took the shot and knocked it down," said head coach Jack Murphy. "This was a great team win. They dug deep and I couldn't have asked for more. We handed Weber State its first conference home loss of the season. It feels good to finally get a win over them."

For the second time this week, Quinton Upshur and Max Jacobsen let their talents shine. The duo combined for 42 points to lead the NAU offense.

It all started in the first half when Upshur connected on four three-pointers and Jacobsen had six points. Freshman forward Ako Kaluna added seven points in the half to lead the bench.

The Lumberjacks were able to spread the ball well in the first half, as they shot 46.7 percent from the floor en route to a 37-28 lead over Weber State. NAU held the Wildcats to just eight points in the paint, forcing Weber State to earn its points from the outside

"Mad Max" scored the first eight points for NAU to start the second half, which extended the Lumberjacks lead to 45-32.

NAU led by as much as 15 points with 15:56 to go, but the Wildcats slowly made their way back into the game. A 7-0 run by Weber State saw the Wildcats cut NAU's lead to nine points with 7:06 left to play.

The Lumberjacks kept the Wildcats at arm's length, despite Weber State's efforts to trim NAU's lead.

Weber State hit a three-pointer with 1:17 to go, but it only trimmed NAU's lead to 65-57. The Wildcats managed to capitalize on some turnovers, which led to points at the free throw line.

With 43 seconds left in the game, Northern Arizona held a 65-61 advantage.

Both teams traded free throws as time was winding down, but it was a crucial pair of made free throws by Upshur with 24.1 seconds left on the game that gave NAU a 67-64 edge.

Weber State was able to register a layup with nine seconds left in regulation to send the game to overtime.

All that mattered in overtime was that Upshur hit the first and the last shot, as NAU upset top-ranked Weber State for the Lumberjacks sixth conference road win of the season.

Upshur registered 23 points and collected three steals. Jacobsen had 16 points four rebounds.

Davion Berry tallied 23 points. Jeremy Senglin had 15 points in the first half to finish with 18. Richaud Gittens added 11 points.

Notes: Double figure scoring games Quinton Upshur (26), Max Jacobsen (18)…Eighth 20-point game of the season for Upshur…Second overtime game this season for NAU…NAU snaps 12-game losing streak to Weber State.