Lumberjacks Fall to Jacksonville State, 76-63

Ako Kaluna
Ako Kaluna

LAS VEGAS, Nev.  – Northern Arizona minimized its turnovers and spread the ball well, but Jacksonville State out-rebounded the Lumberjacks on its way to a 76-63 win at the Thomas and Mack Center in both teams' final game of the Global Sports Classic.

Forward Ako Kaluna was NAU's top scorer with 16 points. Jordyn Martin was just shy of a double-double, finishing with nine points and 12 rebounds. Guard Mike Green added 13 points and five assists.

NAU (2-6) managed one trip to the free throw line in the first half, but made up for it in the second half going a perfect 5-for-5 from the charity stripe.

Jacksonville State (4-3) attempted eight more free throws than NAU in the game collecting 12 points from the charity stripe.

The Gamecocks' edge in the game came from out-rebounding NAU 48 to 33 and scoring 40 points in the paint to NAU's 22.

Christian Cunningham led Jacksonville State with 19 points and nine boards, as the Gamecocks picked up their third consecutive win. Three other players scored in double digits with the Gamecocks finishing 13-for-34 from the field (46 percent).

A 19-7 run by Jacksonville State to start the second half gave the Gamecocks a 52-37 lead. A Jaleni Neely layup with 5:26 cut the Gamecocks' lead to six points, but that's as close as the Lumberjacks would get in the final five minutes. NAU had trailed 31-30 at halftime.

NAU will make its way back to Flagstaff to host San Diego on Dec. 3 at the Walkup Skydome. Tip-off is schedule for 2 p.m.

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