FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Southern Utah made a school record 16 3-pointers to shoot its way past Northern Arizona, 93-80, to win its Big Sky opener. Jordyn Martin tied his career-high of 27 points as the Lumberjacks dropped its final game of 2016.
The Lumberjacks trailed by five at the half after 14 points from Martin and 12 from JoJo Anderson. NAU remained patient and in the second half they made some adjustments to get back into the game.
After slowly chipping away, NAU picked up its first lead of the game after Marcus DeBerry found Anderson for the open layup. The bucket gave NAU a 57-56 advantage with 14:05 remaining in the game.
The two teams traded baskets back and forth before the Thunderbirds went on a 7-0 run to go up 65-59 with 10:43 on the clock. Southern Utah hit six 3-pointers over the next nine minutes to go up 89-74.
Brooks DeBisschop rattled off four points on the next two plays, but it wasn't enough to stop the Thunderbirds from leaving Flagstaff with a victory.
NAU had four players finish in double digits. Along with Martin's career-high of 27 points, Anderson added a career-high of 18 points, while Mike Green and DeBisschop tallied 10 points apiece. The Lumberjacks shot 44.6 percent from the floor, but it was their 23-for-34 performance that stubbed them in the toe.
Southern Utah had a dynamic duo that scored the majority of its points this afternoon. Randy Onwuasor led all players with 37 points and 12 rebounds and James McGee scored 32 points to aid in the Thunderbirds 50 percent performance from the field.
Northern Arizona will hit the road next week for its first Big Sky road trip of the season. The Lumberjacks take on North Dakota on Jan. 5 and then play at Northern Colorado Jan. 7.