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Lumberjacks Welcome Little Rock for Star Wars Night

Marcus DeBerry
Marcus DeBerry

Game Notes

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Fans can support Northern Arizona men's basketball this Wednesday with the special holiday ticket price of $5. The Lumberjacks host Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. at the Rolle Activity Center for Star Wars Night.

Wednesday's game can be heard in Flagstaff (Hits 106.1 FM), Phoenix (MoneyRadio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM), Prescott Area (97.9 FM Eagle Rocks), Window Rock/Ft. Defiance, Ariz. & Gallup, N.M. (KHAC 880 AM) with Mitch Strohman and Dave Brown on the call. Fans can also tune in online at hits106.gcmaz.com. The game can be watched online at WatchBigSky.com. The game will not be televised.

 

Scouting NAU

JoJo Anderson had a season-high 15 points for NAU in its last outing. Seniors Jaleni Neely and Jordyn Martin are the only two Lumberjacks so far this season to register 20-point scoring games, Martin twice.

• NAU continues its three-game home stretch with a Wednesday night match-up versus Little Rock.

• The Lumberjacks are looking for their first home win and are ready to snap a three-game losing streak, after falling to CSU Bakersfield last week.

• Wednesday marks the second consecutive season NAU and Little Rock have played each other. The Trojans won last year's meeting 84-57 in Little Rock. The two teams have never faced off in Flagstaff.

Marcus DeBerry (11) and Ako Kaluna (10) both scored in double digits last season versus Little Rock. The Lumberjacks shot 34.6 percent from the floor in that game and made seven 3-pointers.

 

Scouting Little Rock

• Little Rock is on a five-game win streak entering Wednesday's game. It's most recent win was a 70-59 victory over Central Arkansas. Six out of Little Rock's eight wins this season have been by 10 or more points. Its only losses this season are to Big Sky member Idaho (L, 65-57) and Pepperdine (L, 66-65).

• Marcus Johnson Jr. leads Little Rock with 15.8 points per game, in addition to 25 assists. Johnson has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. He had a season-high 29 points in Little Rock's win versus Central Arkansas.

• Wes Flanigan was promoted to head coach of Little Rock after serving as the associate head coach for the Trojans, including during their NCAA Tournament appearance last season. Flanigan previously spent time on the coaching staffs at Mississippi State, UAB and Nebraska.

• The Trojans are 1-0 on the road this season and 2-1 in neutral contests. Little Rock is coming off an impressive 30-5 season a year ago that saw the Trojans come close to advancing to the Sweet Sixteen. Little Rock was picked to finish fifth in the Sun Belt Preseason poll.

 

Up Next

The Lumberjacks final two non-conference games of 2016 will be on the road at UTEP (Dec. 17) and UIC (Dec. 20). 

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