FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Jordyn Martin notched 23 points and 14 rebounds to propel Northern Arizona (7-18, 4-8 BSC) to its fourth straight win at home. The Lumberjacks took down fifth place Montana State, 69-63, leading by as many as 14 points early in the second half.
"One of our foundational cornerstones is priding ourselves on defense and defensive rebounding," said head coach Jack Murphy. "I was a little upset with the fact that our opponent nabbed 12 offensive boards, but we also had 20 second-chance points of the 69 we scored. I was great to see the men utilize that asset of our game and capitalize with points."
Martin was on top of his game tonight going a solid 8 of 9 from the field to register his third straight double-double. He knocked down six of seven free throw attempts and dished out four assists to complete his night.
"Martin is a work horse. His production comes with effort and energy, and that motivates everyone else on the team,"' Murphy said.
Martin definitely motivated his teammates as the Lumberjacks captured the team win. NAU shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half, despite the Bobcats trying to make it close down the wire. Montana State's Quinton Everett recorded a layup with nine seconds remaining to trim NAU's lead to 66-63.
The Lumberjacks made three of their final four free-throw attempts to close out the game and send the Bobcats on the road with a loss.
With the play of Martin and Chris Bowling leading the NAU offense, the Lumberjacks led the Bobcats at the half 34-22. It was only the seventh time this season the 'Jacks were up at the half and that was due in part tonight to NAU driving down the lane and getting to the foul line.
NAU finished the game shooting 40.4 percent from the field and 72.4 percent from the charity stripe. The Lumberjacks outrebounded Montana State, 46 to 34 on the boards, and that was what NAU needed to leave the Walkup Skydome victorious.
Tyler Hall – a top five scorer in the nation – was held scoreless for the first eight minutes of the game. He finished the game with 13 points on 4-for-16 shooting. Sam Neumann led the Bobcats in scoring with 14 points and nine boards. The Bobcats (11-14, 6-6 BSC) shot 36.5 percent from the field, 25.9 percent from 3-point range and 52.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The Lumberjacks remain at home in Flagstaff to host Montana (Feb. 11) at the Walkup Skydome.