2016-17 NAU Men’s Basketball Wrap-UpFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Head Coach Jack Murphy and the Northern Arizona men’s basketball team wrapped up the 2016-17 season. The Lumberjacks improved on their record from the year prior with four more wins and finished their season in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament. NAU closed out the season with an overall record of 9-23 and a conference record of 6-12.
Martin Voted to All-Big Sky Third TeamRENO, Nev. – Northern Arizona redshirt senior Jordyn Martin was voted to the All-Big Sky Third Team, announced today by the league office. It is the first all-conference team honor of Martin’s career.
NAU-Portland State Match Up in First Round of Big Sky TourneyFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 9 seed Northern Arizona is set to face No. 8 seed Portland State on Tuesday, Mar. 7 in the first round of the Big Sky Tournament. The game will tip-off the men’s side of the tournament at 2:35 p.m. PT/3:35 p.m. MST at the Reno Events Center.
Seniors Shine on Senior Day; Take Down Eastern Washington, 76-61FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona’s seniors came out the gates shining this afternoon. The Lumberjacks were ready to lay it all on the line and they did so by taking care of business and beating second-place Eastern Washington, 76-61 in the Walkup Skydome.
Lumberjacks Nearly Complete Comeback, Fall to Idaho 77-75FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s basketball team took Idaho down to the wire and nearly completed the 25-point come-from-behind victory. The Lumberjacks had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but a very long 3-point attempt by Kye de Laveaga was blocked by the Vandals, and Idaho escaped with the 77-75 victory.
Men’s Hoops Closes Out Regular Season at HomeFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – This week the Northern Arizona men’s basketball team will host Idaho on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and Eastern Washington on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. for Senior Day. Both games will take place at the Walkup Skydome to close out regular season play before the Big Sky Tournament starts next week in Reno, Nev.
Lumberjacks Sting Sacramento State in The NestSACRAMENTO, Calif. – With fans on the edge of their seats and The Nest so loud you could not hear the person next to you, Northern Arizona took it to Sacramento State and came away with the 73-69 victory. The four-point win is the first Big Sky road victory for the Lumberjacks this season who improve to 8-20, 5-10 BSC.
Southern Utah Uses Bench to Top NAU, 84-68CEDAR CITY, Utah – Northern Arizona’s seniors produced on offense, but the lack of bench support halted the Lumberjacks on the road as it fell to Southern Utah, 84-68. The Thunderbirds snapped an 11-game losing streak after converting points off turnovers.
Final Regular Season Road Swing Awaits NAUFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (7-19, 4-9 BSC) gets this weekend going with an away game at Southern Utah (4-22, 2-11 BSC). Tip-off at the Centrum Arena in Cedar City, Utah is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Former Lumberjack Quinton Upshur Finding Overseas SuccessFormer Northern Arizona guard Quinton Upshur is finding success playing overseas. Upshur has most recently found a home with BC Luelea of Sweden, helping his squad to a current first-place ranking in the latest standings with an 18-4 overall record.
NAU Puts Home Win Streak on the Line Against the MontanasFLAGSTAFF, 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.
Lumberjacks Battle Hard at Weber State, Fall 86-80OGDEN, Utah – The senior duo of Ako Kaluna and Jordyn Martin carried Northern Arizona on the road tonight in Ogden, Utah, as the Lumberjacks fell to Big Sky leader Weber State, 86-80, at the Dee Events Center.
Idaho State Steals 91-90 Win in Overtime Against Northern ArizonaPOCATELLO, Idaho – Northern Arizona led by as many as 20 points in the second half. Idaho State fought back late in the second period to force overtime and come away with the 91-90 win at Reed Gym. Senior forward Jordyn Martin started the game 5-for-5 from the field to finish with 21 points and 10 rebounds, as Northern Arizona (6-17, 3-7 BSC) fell to Idaho State (4-17, 2-7 BSC).
Men’s Hoops Travels to Idaho State and Weber StateFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s basketball program will face both ends of the spectrum this week on the road. The Lumberjacks will start out at last place Idaho State at Reed Gym on Thursday night (7 p.m. MST), before playing first place foes Weber State on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
Lumberjacks Win a Thriller Against the Fighting Hawks, 68-67FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. ? In the most exciting game of the 2016-17 season for the Northern Arizona men?s basketball team, the Lumberjacks (6-16, 3-6) outlasted the Big Sky?s second-best team North Dakota (12-8, 7-3) with a last-second block from sophomore Isaiah Thomas to win their second-consecutive game, 68-67.
Lumberjacks Create Havoc on Defense, Outlast UNC, 63-50FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A couple fine-tuned adjustments at halftime did the Northern Arizona University basketball team wonders, as the Lumberjacks coasted to its largest margin of victory in Big Sky play this season by beating Northern Colorado (7-13, 3-6), 63-50, Thursday night.
Welcome Ako Kaluna to the 1,000-Point ClubThere may have been a brief moment this season where it seemed that Ako Kaluna’s path to the 1,000-Point Club may take an unwanted detour, but the 6-foot-7, 250 pound senior wasn’t ready to give up.
Basketball Ready for Rematch Against Northern Colorado and North DakotaFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona has a chance to get back at Northern Colorado and North Dakota this week, as both teams topped the Lumberjacks earlier this season. NAU and Northern Colorado will play Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Walkup Skydome. The Lumberjacks host the Fighting Hawks on Saturday at 2 p.m. on Lumberjack Spirit Day.
Sharp Shooting Eagles Soar Past NAU, 84-62CHENEY, Wash. – Northern Arizona jumped out to a seven-point lead on the road at Eastern Washington, but the Eagles rarely missed in the second half as it notched a 84-62 win tonight over the Lumberjacks at Reese Court.
Eastern Washington, Idaho Await NAUFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men’s basketball team looks to pick up its second straight win this week when it heads to Eastern Washington (Jan. 19) and Idaho (Jan. 20). Tip-off at Reese Court in Cheney is set for 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT. Tip-off versus the Vandals at the Cowan Spectrum is scheduled for 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MST on Saturday.
Lumberjacks Take On Sacramento State Saturday, Portland State MondayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – After some shake-ups in this week’s scheduling due to bad weather in the northwest, Northern Arizona will get a chance to play at home this week when it welcomes Sacramento State this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at the Walkup Skydome. NAU’s game versus Portland State will be played on Monday at 3:30 p.m.
NAU, Portland State Basketball Games Rescheduled for MondayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Big Sky men's and women's basketball games between Northern Arizona University and Portland State University scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12 have been rescheduled. The games have been moved to Monday, Jan. 16 due to winter weather in Portland, which has hampered transportation in the city, along with affecting air travel in and out of the region.
Men’s Hoops Hosts Portland State and Sacramento StateFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona men’s hoops welcomes Portland State and Sacramento State to the Walkup Skydome this week for league play. Thursday’s game versus the Vikings is set for a 6:30 p.m. tip, while Saturday’s match-up against the Hornets is scheduled for a 12:30 p.m. start.
Bears Claw Past NAU, 83-79GREELEY, Colo. – It went down to the final seconds in Greeley, but it was Northern Colorado (7-8, 3-1 BSC) who topped Northern Arizona (3-13, 0-3 BSC) to grab the win at home. The Lumberjacks outscored the Bears 49-43 in the second half.
Fighting Hawks Narrowly Get Past NAU, 68-63GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Northern Arizona (3-12, 0-2 BSC) fought hard at North Dakota (7-6, 2-1 BSC), but fell to the Fighting Hawks 68-63 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in its first road game of Big Sky play.
Lumberjacks Burned By Flames in Chicago, 75-65CHICAGO – Despite their effort late in the game, the Northern Arizona University men’s basketball team could not extinguish the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames, as the ‘Jacks fell 75-65 in their final non-conference bout of the season.
Lumberjacks Face UIC in Final Non-Conference Game of the SeasonFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Tuesday marks Northern Arizona’s final non-conference game of the season as it travels to Chicago to play UIC. NAU is coming off a two-point win at UTEP on Saturday hoping to close out of conference play on a high note. The Lumberjacks and Flames are set to tip-off at 6 p.m. MST at the UIC Pavilion.
Lumberjacks at UTEP This SaturdayFLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Two non-conference games remain for Norther Arizona as it travels to UTEP for a night game this Saturday. The Lumberjacks and Miners are set to tip-off at 7 p.m. MST.