SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jaleni Neely scored a career-high 24 points - 21 in the second half - as Northern Arizona (0-3) fell to UC Davis (2-1) in the final game of the Cable Car Classic.
It was the tale of two halves for NAU, with the second half being the bright spot. The Lumberjacks fell to the Aggies by 13 points, but if it had just hit a few more minutes the outcome may have been different.
In the first half, Ako Kaluna used his inside game to tally 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting, but it was hard for the big man to do it alone as the rest of the Lumberjacks went 3-for-23 in the first period. NAU struggled from long range going 0-for-11 leading to a 25.8 field goal percentage in the first half.
Costly turnovers had the Lumberjacks down 47-23 at intermission, but they put it behind them and prepared for the second half.
Coming out of the break it was a different story for NAU. The team found an offensive rhythm – inside and out. NAU began the period on a 6-0 run, much like the first half, but this time it kept up its offensive presence. The Lumberjacks outscored the Aggies 53 to 42 in the second half. NAU shot 54.3 percent in the period. The Lumberjacks had four different players finish in double figures – Neely, Kaluna (17), Mike Green (16), and Marcus DeBerry (13).
Five players netted double figures for UC Davis, led by Darius Graham and Siler Schneider, both finishing with 16 points each. The Aggies shot 54.2 percent from the floor. UC Davis' biggest factor in the game was its 45 bench points.
NAU will host Benedictine Mesa on Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. on the Navajo Nation of Tuba City. The game will be played at Tuba City High School and tickets are on sale for $5. Purchase your tickets online today https://foundation.nau.edu/eventregistration.aspx?evt=216.