GREELEY, Colo. – The Northern
Arizona University men’s basketball team will begin a stretch
of three consecutive road games at Northern Colorado Sunday at noon
in the Big Sky Game of the Week televised by Altitude.
“We have had 10 point leads at the half the last two years and they have come out and erased the lead and played tough second halves,” said Head Coach Mike Adras. “Hopefully we stop that trend. They are very good at home and they beat us earlier at home. We are going to have to return the favor and outplay them in their building.”
NAU and Northern Colorado have met 10 previous times with NAU holding a 6-4 edge. The home team had won seven consecutive times in the series before Northern Colorado defeated NAU earlier this season in Flagstaff. NAU has lost its last three games in Greeley but owns a 2-3 all-time mark. The last four games in the series have been decided by a total of 17 points.
NAU went 1-14 on the road last season with the only win coming at Sacramento State. NAU has won five road games this season, including three non-conference games after going winless in seven non-conference games last season. NAU swept the Northwest road trip for the first time since 2001-02 and won for only the third time in 15 games against the Portland State Vikings on the road.
NAU has won three consecutive road games for the first time since 2005-06. The last time a Lumberjack squad won four consecutive road games was 2003-04 and the last four-game road streak in conference play was 1999-00.
“It has been two weeks since we have played a road game,” said Adras. “We are going to emphasize that we have done well the last three times we have gone out on the road. I don’t know why that can not continue. Now that we know how to mentally do it, I think that part will take care of itself. The question is can you do it against a very good team in Northern Colorado.”