Second Half Surge by San Diego Gives Toreros 80-65 Win Over NAU

Mike Green
Mike Green

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Poor shooting by Northern Arizona hindered the Lumberjacks' chances of coming away with a home-opening win as it fell to visiting San Diego, 80-65, today in the Walkup Skydome.

"Today our bench shot well scoring 36 points, but our starters didn't," said head coach Jack Murphy. "That's a nice sign for our bench, but it's not good for what we're trying to do across the board. We can't continue to shoot like this and expect to win games."

Mike Green led NAU in scoring with 18 points, including going 4-for-7 from long range. Jaleni Neely hit 7 of 9 free throws to finish with 10 points, while Brooks DeBisschop came off the bench to register 10 points and six rebounds in 16 minutes of play.

The game was scoreless for the first-three minutes of the contest before San Diego's Brett Bailey converted a layup. Bailey was clutch for the Torero's in the first period scoring 17 points of USD's 33 points to take a six-point lead into intermission.    

Coming out of halftime, San Diego (4-5) began the second period on a 7-0 run to extend its lead to 40-27. The Toreros continued to spread the ball despite NAU being very aggressive when it had possession causing foul after foul on San Diego.

San Diego netted 47 points in the second half while working its way in and out of the paint. Cameron Neubauer beefed up his offensive presence scoring 12 points in the half to aid in his 20-point performance on the day. Bailey finished with a game-high 26 points.  

NAU returns to the court on Monday as they host CSU Bakersfield. Tip-off at the Walkup Skydome is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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