PORTLAND, Ore. – Northern Arizona stubbed itself in the toe tonight with turnover after turnover, as it fell on the road at Portland State tonight, 84-72, in the Peter W. Stott Center.
"We came out executed for the first 10 minutes of the game," said head coach Jack Murphy. "We really attacked the paint. It was nice to see us come out like that for back-to-back games on the road. In the middle 20 minutes of the game, we just were not there. It was not our best basketball and we played Portland State's game. We can't do that."
The Lumberjacks began the game hitting 10 of their first 11 shots for a whopping 91.9 percent from the floor. NAU took an 11-point lead after a 3-pointer by Marcus DeBerry. The stretch included a 10-0 run by the Lumberjacks as NAU moved the ball well.
It took the Vikings a little while to get the ball in the hoop on a consistent basis, but when they did, it resulted in a 23-3 run before Jordyn Martin's basket with 3:07 to go in the first snapped it.
Portland State held a 46-34 advantage at the half. Bryce Canda was a big part of the Vikings' offense scoring 11 points off the bench, including 4 of 5 from long range in the first.
The Vikings went on a 19-9 run to start the second half, but the Lumberjacks would not be denied their points as they went on a 13-0 run late in the game.
The young guys scored in the final minutes for NAU as they were able to get playing time tonight, but it would be the Vikings that got their revenge on NAU escaping the sweep the Lumberjacks had in mind entering the game.
Martin tallied 13 points and six rebounds for NAU. Oregon native Brooks DeBisschop netted 10 points and fellow freshman JoJo Anderson chipped in 13 points and seven boards. The Lumberjacks shot 49.2 percent from the field, but it committed 23 costly turnovers.
Calean Robinson, the Vikings leading scorer entering tonight, registered 16 points. Teammate De'Sean Parsons recorded 16 points and seven rebounds. The Vikings shot 47.5 percent from the field and attempted 26 free throw shots.
The Lumberjacks return to Flagstaff to host Idaho (15-12, 10-6 BSC) on Mar. 2 and Eastern Washington (20-9, 12-4 BSC) on Mar. 4. NAU fell to both teams earlier this season on the road. Next Saturday will be Senior Day for NAU's trio of Jaleni Neely, Ako Kaluna and Jordyn Martin.