NAU Puts Home Win Streak on the Line Against the Montanas

Mike Green
Mike Green

Game Notes

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Having won its last three games at home, Northern Arizona (6-18, 3-8 BSC) puts its win streak on the line this week at the Walkup Skydome. NAU's first match-up is versus Montana State (11-13, 6-5 BSC) this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Saturday's game pins the Lumberjacks against Montana (11-13, 6-5 BSC) at 7:30 p.m.     

Both games this week 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 viewed online at WatchBigSky.com. Thursday's game will be televised on FOX Sports Arizona PLUS and FOX College Sports Pacific and Saturday's game will be aired on FOX Sports Arizona and FOX College Sports Pacific.

 

Scouting NAU

• Senior forward Jordyn Martin notched his seventh double-double of the season and second straight at Weber State. The Vegas native scored 17 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in the loss. Martin is three games away from becoming NAU's career leader in games played.

• Senior forward Ako Kaluna netted a season-high 25 points at Weber State. It was the ninth double digit scoring game of the season for the big man.

• So far in league play, NAU has four players averaging double digits in scoring. Mike Green (14.7), Jordyn Martin (14.2), Ako Kaluna (11.1), and Marcus DeBerry (10.9).

• NAU is 50-46 all-time against Montana State. The Bobcats have won the last two meetings. NAU leads the series in Flagstaff, 32-14.

• Montana leads the all-time series versus NAU, 65-33. The Griz also have the advantage in games played in Flagstaff, 27-20. Montana has won the last four meetings.

 

Scouting Montana State

• The top scorer in the Big Sky belongs to Montana State with sophomore guard Tyler Hall averaging 23.3 points per game - fifth in the nation. He is one of two players in the league to eclipse the 500-point mark this season - fifth in the nation - and he has already joined MSU's 1,000-Point Club. Hall has made the fifth-most 3-point shots in the nation (87) and is eighth in 3-point field goals per game (3.63).

• Montana State suffered a six-point loss to Montana on the road on Saturday. Hall had 22 points in the outing, while Harold Frey also netted 22 points. The Bobcats shot 50 percent from the field - just above their season average of 43.3. Both teams enter the week tied for fifth place in the Big Sky standings.

• Before the loss, the Bobcats were on a five-game win streak, including a pair of road wins - their first of the season. Montana State is 2-8 away from Bozeman and 14-32 all-time in Flagstaff. The Bobcats last won in Flagstaff on Jan. 2, 2016, 74-72 in overtime.

 

Up Next – Montana

• The Lumberjacks host Montana (Feb. 11) at the Walkup Skydome. The Griz (11-13, 6-5 BSC) are currently fifth in the Big Sky standings. It will be the first and only regular season meeting between NAU and the Griz. Montana is coming off a 90-84 win over rival Montana State. The Griz are led by Ahmaad Rorie (17.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.2 apg) and Michael Oguine (11.9ppg, 6.4 rpg). Montana holds a 65-33 advantage over NAU and has won the last four meetings against the Lumberjacks. The Griz are 27-20 all-time in Flagstaff.

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