LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Another solid performance from Jordyn Martin helped Northern Arizona top Alabama State 71-57 today in the Global Sports Classic at the Thomas and Mack Center. The Lumberjacks outrebounded Alabama State 46 to 37 hold off the Hornets and improve to 2-5 on the season.
"I was proud of how we came out offensively," said head coach Jack Murphy. "I thought our offense really helped our defense today. We limited our turnovers and with our three-guard lineup that we started with today helped us to control the ball and pace of the game."
Martin registered his second double-double of the season with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Marcus DeBerry added 15 points and six rebounds, while JoJo Anderson recorded 13 points and six rebounds to boost the NAU offense this afternoon.
The Lumberjacks led by as many as 15 points with 4:21 remaining in the first period. NAU had 14 points in the paint and backed by 12 points and six rebounds from Martin, NAU entered intermission up 37-31. A perfect nine-point performance Anderson (3-for-3 FG, 2 of 2 FT) – who earned his first career start – was a catalyst in NAU's 38.7 percent shooting average in the first.
NAU held its composure the whole game and although Alabama State scored four straight points to start the second half, the Lumberjacks followed with eight consecutive points of their own. A three-point play by Martin increased NAU's lead to 52-43 with 9:34 remaining in the game. From there, NAU maintained its strong presence going up by 18 points with 4:57 to go thanks to a pair of made free throws from Martin.
Alabama State made four baskets in the final six minutes of play and the Lumberjacks secured their first non-conference Division I win of the season.
The Hornet bench scored 32 points with Corvon Butler leading all of Alabama State's players with 12 points – all of which he scored in the first half. Alabama State struggled to hit the three going 2-for-23 from the game. The Hornets fall to 0-5 on the season.
NAU will play its final game in the Global Sports Classic tomorrow against Jacksonville State at 1:30 p.m. PT/2:30 p.m. MST in the winners' bracket game.