November 17, 2012

Men’s Basketball Travels to UC Davis Sunday

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team travels to UC Davis on Sunday for their third consecutive road game. The Lumberjacks enter the game with a 0-2 record.

The Aggies lost their season opener to Oklahoma State 73-65 on Nov. 9 and will be playing their home opener against Northern Arizona. Former Sinagua High School standout Ryan Howley had his first career double-double with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in the loss.

"They are a perimeter-oriented team," said Head Coach Jack Murphy. "They have very skilled big men and are a prolific shooting team. They are dangerous wherever they are on the floor."

The game is a return for the Aggies game in Flagstaff last season for the BracketBusters event. UC Davis overcame a 21-point deficit and spoiled the Senior Night for NAU with a 70-65 victory at the Rolle Activity Center.

NAU leads the all-time series with UC Davis 2-1 and is looking for their first win of the season after losses at Oregon and UNLV to start the season.

"Being on the road already this season helps us," said Murphy. "We have been road tested in two very difficult college basketball environments. I am looking for a business-like approach from our guys. We are looking forward to the challenge."

True freshman DeWayne Russell averaged 15.5 points over his first two career games and made his first career start against UNLV. He scored 16 points against the Runnin' Rebels aided by a 9-for-9 performance at the free throw line. It was the 18th time a Lumberjack player has been perfect in a game with nine or more attempts.

Gaellan Bewernick, who sat out the UNLV game, is expected to play for the Lumberjacks.

The game can be heard on the Lumberjack Radio Network on 105.1 the Big Talker.