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Men’s Basketball Loses Second Half Lead, Game to Eastern Washington

Game Stats vs. Eastern Washington (PDF)

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball lost a second-half lead as Eastern Washington posted a 74-68 come-from-behind win at the Rolle Activity Center to sweep the season series with the Lumberjacks.

"Losing is what it is," said Interim Head Coach Dave Brown. "We are real proud of the effort these men put forth. They gave great effort but they broke down a little bit in the second half in the rebounding the turnovers. We have to stay focused."

NAU (5-18, 1-10) lost its 10th consecutive game, while The Eagles improved to 11-12, 5-5 in league play.

The Lumberjacks led most the of first half and built a nine-point second-half lead with a 39-30 advantage at the 17:52 mark of the second half. But the lead slowly was erased by six three-pointers by Eastern Washington in the second half.

Collin Chiverton had a team-best 13 points among four players in double figures for the Eagles. Cliff Coliman added 12 points and Jeffrey Forbes and Cliff Ederaine added 11 points.

The Eagles eventually tied the game at 54 at the 8:43 mark and took the lead for good on a three-pointer by Forbes.

Ephraim Ekanem had a solid game for the Lumberjacks with a career-high 15 points and seven boards before fouling out. Durrell Norman added 11 points off the bench, while freshman James Douglas scored 14 points with a career-high seven rebounds.

"We had a big emphasis in the post because they are big and physical," said Norman. "last game we felt like we did not put our best foot forward so we wanted to put our best foot forward."

Junior Stallon Saldivar had 10 points and Michael Dunn added nine in the losing effort.

The Lumberjacks had 17 turnovers in the contest and made just 1-of-10 three-point attempts, including an 0-for-5 effort in the second half.

The two teams combined for 63 foul shots and 45 fouls with three Lumberjacks fouling out in the contest.

 NAU was playing its third game in six days. The Lumberjacks stay at home to host Portland State on Saturday at the Rolle. Tipoff is scheduled for 6:35 p.m.