NAU ROUNDUP: Men’s and women’s basketball teams take losses on Monday | Local

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Trailing nine in the first three minutes of the game, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks’ early deficit left them chasing the Northern Colorado Bears when they returned to Flagstaff on Monday.

Playing in the Walkup Skydome for the first time in 23 days, the Lumberjacks (9-9, 6-4 Big Sky) shot 29% from the field, allowing the Bears (7-10, 3-6) to bounce back from a Defeat on Saturday for a 61-49 victory.

The 49 points scored were the lowest for Northern Arizona since December 2018 against Arizona and the first time they were held less than 30 percent from the field since a December 2018 game against New Mexico.

After shooting 0 of 7 to open the game, the Lumberjacks recovered to put up a 6-0 run midway through the first quarter. After Khiarica Rasheed made a lay-up on an Olivia Moran assist, Emily Rodabaugh blocked a pass from Northern Colorado’s Allie Downing and headed for the basket for a lay-up.

Another layup, this time by Lauren Orndoff, cut the Bears’ lead to 11-8, but a brief flurry for Northern Colorado, highlighted by a 3-point Hannah Simental, put the Bears back in control. visitors. Five points for Fatoumata Jaiteh late in the first quarter, coupled with a 3-pointer for Emily Rodabaugh and a free throw from Regan Schenck, once again put the Lumberjacks within 3-point range at 22-19.

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However, another Bears run brought the Lumberjacks back to their original nine-point hole. With six combined free throws from Sabine Lipe and Simental, the Bears came into control at halftime and eventually stretched the lead to 17 in the fourth quarter.

A 3 from Schenck, a layup from Orndoff and a pair of outside marks for Nyah Moran cut the lead to 12, but a pair of quarterbacks with the Lumberjacks reaching 21% from the field was too much to overcome. .

Kurstyn Harden led the way for the Bears, scoring 25 points and grabbing 13 rebounds. The junior’s totals were 41% and 32.5% of her team’s points and rebounds, respectively, while playing 28 minutes. Harden finished the first quarter with six points and seven rebounds, setting the stage for one of the best nights of his career.

Nyah Moran led the Lumberjacks with 11 points, followed by 10 points and six rebounds for Rasheed. Schenck added eight points, five rebounds and two assists, and Orndoff finished with six points and season highs in rebounds, at seven, and assists with five.

Northern Arizona returns to the Skydome Thursday to face the Sacramento State Hornets (9-10, 5-5) at 6 p.m. The Lumberjacks beat the Hornets 68-57 in Sacramento on Jan. 10, though Sacramento State has won five of six since the loss.

Thursday night’s game will celebrate the National Day of Girls and Women in Sport and will feature a “Wings” poster.

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Monday night’s contest at the America First Event Center was a tale of two halves as Southern Utah capitalized on a cold shot from the Northern Arizona men’s basketball team in the second half in a 78-66 victory. The Lumberjacks shot just 26.7 percent from the floor after halftime, falling to 7-13 overall and 3-6 in conference with the loss.

“I think our offensive execution was there, and defensively we had a few breakdowns on out-of-bounds plays,” coach Shane Burcar said. “We were right there with four minutes to play, and if we take a few shots, we’re right there at the end. They shoot 52% in the second half and unfortunately we shoot 26%, and it’s almost impossible to win. this game.”

Two teams combined to shoot 50% from long range in the first 20 minutes. Both teams drilled nine 3s, with redshirt second Keith Haymon playing a huge role in the Lumberjacks’ offensive display, making all five of his 3-point attempts for 15 points in the first half.

After shooting 51.6% in the first half, the Lumberjacks went just 8 of 30 from the deck in the second half, including 4 of 17 from 3 points. Meanwhile, the Thunderbirds (13-6, 7-2 Big Sky) converted to a 52% clip after halftime to erase what was a 41-38 NAU halftime lead.

Sophomore Jalen Cone and Haymon accounted for all of Northern Arizona’s initial 14 points, with each player connecting on a pair of 3s, in a high score of the first five minutes. In the first media timeout, the Lumberjacks led 14-12 as the two teams already combined for eight triples.

Later, consecutive treys from Haymon and Cone gave Northern Arizona a 34-27 lead and 3 more, this time by redshirted junior Nik Mains, gave the Lumberjacks their biggest lead of the game, 37-29, with 5:49 left in the game. first half. Southern Utah responded with a 9-0 run to momentarily regain the lead, but redshirt rookie Carson Towt and Cone scored the final points of the half to send their team into the locker room with the advantage of possession.

Cone and Haymon both scored 15 points in the first half, combining 30 of the team’s 41, but the duo only had 14 points between them in the second half.

Cone still finished with his 10th 20-point game of the season, leading all players with 26 points, while recording team highs of four assists and three steals, the latter tying a career high. Haymon knocked down a career-high 6 of 8 shooting from behind the arc, finishing with 18 points to go with five rebounds. Mains scored eight of his 13 points after halftime, putting three ‘Jacks in double digits.

The Thunderbirds, defending Big Sky regular season champions, opened up a four-point lead in the second half. Two possessions later, Cone went coast-to-coast after a steal from rookie Jayden Jackson to put NAU back on top, 52-51, with 13:25 to play, but it would be the Lumberjacks’ last lead of the game. .

Towt snapped a three-minute drought in Northern Arizona with a dunk, but the Thunderbirds responded with back-to-back buckets to take the first double-digit lead by either team, 65-54. with 8:50 to play, and the Lumberjacks managed just three pitches. goals after Towt’s dunk in the last 10 minutes.

“I’m happy with how we moved the ball in the second half,” Burcar said. “I think we’ve taken some great shots and just haven’t nailed them. We’ve done a great job moving the ball all season. We’ve also only had seven turnovers, so that’s not not like we were beaten because we were reckless with the ball.”

NAU outscored Southern Utah, 12-6, on turnovers as the Lumberjacks committed just seven turnovers, tying a season low. Southern Utah won the rebound battle, 39-33, and held a significant 24-3 advantage in bench points.

Northern Arizona next plays Thursday in a road game at Sacramento State at 8 p.m.

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