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  • NAU Athletics Wins Back-to-Back Big Sky Presidents’ Cup
    July 13, 2014
    NAU Athletics Wins Back-to-Back Big Sky Presidents’ Cup OGDEN, Utah – For the second straight year, Northern Arizona Athletics has captured the Big Sky Presidents’ Cup presented by Red Lion Hotels. NAU finished first in overall in athletic points for the second consecutive year, in addition to claiming the Big Sky Men’s and Women’s All-Sports Trophies in May.
  • NAU Athletics Reaches 100 Percent Staff Giving
    July 10, 2014
    NAU Athletics Reaches 100 Percent Staff Giving FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University Athletics is proud to announce that its department has achieved 100 percent staff giving for the 2013-14 school year for the first time in school history.
  • Jacobsen, Smith Receive Big Sky's Top Scholar Athlete Award
    June 26, 2014
    Jacobsen, Smith Receive Big Sky's Top Scholar Athlete Award OGDEN, Utah – Max Jacobsen and Stirling Smith were announced as NAU’s 2014 Big Sky Conference Scholar Athlete Award recipients on Thursday for their athletic and academic performance during the 2013-14 school year. Jacobsen and Smith were the top Senior Golden Eagle scholar-athlete honorees at the annual Golden Eagle Awards banquet in April.
  • Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jack Murphy and NAU Agree on Contract Extension
    June 06, 2014
    Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jack Murphy and NAU Agree on Contract Extension FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona head men’s basketball coach Jack Murphy has received a contract extension that will run through 2019; the Arizona Board of Regents approved this week. Murphy completes his second season at NAU after leading the Lumberjacks to a second place finish in the Big Sky.
  • Upshur Completes Asian Tour with Elite Squad
    June 04, 2014
    Upshur Completes Asian Tour with Elite Squad FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – While most basketball players head home during the summer for some relaxation and time off, that was not the case for Northern Arizona guard and reigning Big Sky Newcomer of the Year Quinton Upshur. The Norfolk, Va. native was one of 10 players selected to play on the USA Eagles squad and compete in a tour across Asia.
  • Murphy Adds Neely and Frid to Signing Class
    May 22, 2014
    Murphy Adds Neely and Frid to Signing Class FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. –The Northern Arizona men’s basketball team has added Jaleni Neely and Geoffrey Frid to its signing class, announced head coach Jack Murphy.
  • NAU Captures Men’s and Women’s Big Sky All-Sports Trophy
    May 19, 2014
    NAU Captures Men’s and Women’s Big Sky All-Sports Trophy OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona has captured both the men’s and women’s Big Sky All-Sports Trophies, the conference office announced Monday. The Lumberjacks went into the outdoor track championship with the lead, and a sweep by the men’s and women’s teams this past weekend secured NAU the win on both sides. The sweep is the first true sweep by any school since 2000-01.
  • NAU Student-Athletes Exceed Community Service Goal for 2013-14 Academic Year
    May 16, 2014
    NAU Student-Athletes Exceed Community Service Goal for 2013-14 Academic Year FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University student-athletes have been a bright sight to see in the Flagstaff community and surrounding areas. The Lumberjack student-athletes take pride in giving back, and this past school year was no exception.
  • Women’s Tennis and Swimming & Diving Rank in Top 10 Percent
    May 14, 2014
    Women’s Tennis and Swimming & Diving Rank in Top 10 Percent INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Northern Arizona women’s tennis and swimming & diving were both honored by the NCAA for earning Public Recognition Awards, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rate. These awards are given each year to teams with APRs in the top 10 percent in each sport. This is the second straight year women’s tennis has received the honor.
  • Forty-Three Student-Athletes to Receive Degrees This Weekend
    May 09, 2014
    Forty-Three Student-Athletes to Receive Degrees This Weekend FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Forty-three Northern Arizona student-athletes will receive their degrees from the university this weekend as part of the Spring 2014 commencement ceremonies. When adding in the 15 student-athletes who participated in the Fall 2013 commencement ceremonies, the NAU Athletics Department produced a total of 58 graduates for the 2013-14 academic year.
  • Lumberjacks Walk the Carpet in Night of Celebration
    May 01, 2014
    Lumberjacks Walk the Carpet in Night of Celebration FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee held the inaugural Louies awards show Wednesday night at the Prochnow Auditorium to celebrate the year that was in NAU Athletics. It was a night of celebration, honoring and recognizing all of the Lumberjack student-athletes for their success in the classroom, in competition and in the community.
  • Vote for the 2013-14 Moment of the Year
    April 24, 2014
    Vote for the 2013-14 Moment of the Year FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The 2013-14 year was filled with highlights and memories. Now you – the fans, family and all Lumberjack faithful – have the chance to vote for what you believe is the NAU Moment of the Year.
  • 41 Student-Athletes Named Big Sky Winter All-Academic
    April 23, 2014
    41 Student-Athletes Named Big Sky Winter All-Academic OGDEN, Utah – The Northern Arizona men’s and women’s basketball and men’s and women’s indoor track & field teams placed a total of 41 student-athletes on the winter 2014 Big Sky All-Academic Teams as recognized by the conference office.
  • Jacobsen, Smith Named Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes
    April 15, 2014
    Jacobsen, Smith Named Golden Eagle Top Scholar-Athletes FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona University Athletics Department held its 36th annual Golden Eagle Awards Tuesday at the High Country Conference Center to recognize its student-athletes for their stellar work in the classroom. Golden Eagle Distributors, Inc., honored 199 Lumberjack student-athletes for their scholastic and athletic accomplishments. The award recognizes student-athletes who maintain at least a 3.0 grade point average.
  • Men's Basketball Season Recap
    April 03, 2014
    Men's Basketball Season Recap The Northern Arizona men’s basketball team created their own path this season, as it defeated the odds and finished tied for second in the Big Sky standings after being picked to finished seventh and ninth by the media and conference head coaches.
  • NAU Comeback Falls Short in Quarterfinals of Big Sky Tournament
    March 13, 2014
    NAU Comeback Falls Short in Quarterfinals of Big Sky Tournament OGDEN, Utah – The third-seeded Northern Arizona (15-17) men’s basketball team left it all on the floor tonight, but it’s comeback fell just short as No. 6 seed Northern Colorado (18-12) was able to pull off the upset. The Bears led by as many as 20 points in the second half, and yet NAU had a chance to tie or win it at the buzzer. Northern Colorado was able to escape with the 62-60 victory over NAU at the Dee Events Center in Ogden, Utah.
  • Upshur and Dixon Named to College Sports Madness All-Big Sky Teams
    March 12, 2014
    Upshur and Dixon Named to College Sports Madness All-Big Sky Teams FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Junior transfers Quinton Upshur and Aaseem Dixon were named to the College Sports Madness Big Sky All-Conference Teams, announced today by the website. It is the first CSM honor of both of their careers.
  • Lumberjack Men’s Basketball to Face Northern Colorado in First Round of Big Sky Tournament
    March 11, 2014
    Lumberjack Men’s Basketball to Face Northern Colorado in First Round of Big Sky Tournament FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona men’s basketball will open up the 2014 Big Sky Tournament against No. 6 Northern Colorado. The first round game will be held at the Dee Events Center on the campus of Weber State. Tip-off versus the Bears is set for 3:30 p.m. Arizona time.
  • Quinton Upshur Named Big Sky Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Year
    March 10, 2014
    Quinton Upshur Named Big Sky Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Year OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona junior transfer Quinton Upshur was named the 2014 Big Sky Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Year, along with earning first team honors, the league office announced today. Senior forward Max Jacobsen received honorable mention accolades.
  • NAU Men’s Hoops Draws Northern Colorado in the First Round of the Big Sky Tournament
    March 09, 2014
    NAU Men’s Hoops Draws Northern Colorado in the First Round of the Big Sky Tournament FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – No. 3 Northern Arizona men’s basketball will play No. 6 Northern Colorado in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament. The tournament is hosted by Weber State in Ogden, Utah and is set to begin on Thursday, March 13. The Lumberjacks will play the Bears at 4:30 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
  • Men’s Basketball Downs Montana to Capture the Third Seed in the Big Sky Tournament
    March 08, 2014
    Men’s Basketball Downs Montana to Capture the Third Seed in the Big Sky Tournament FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Head coach Jack Murphy and the Northern Arizona men’s basketball team trumped Montana 67-47 in their regular season finale to complete the season sweep of the Grizzlies. The win gave the Lumberjacks the No. 3 seed in next week’s Big sky Conference Tournament.
  • Bold and Gold Senior Day Set for Saturday Against Montana
    March 07, 2014
    Bold and Gold Senior Day Set for Saturday Against Montana FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (14-16, 11-8 Big Sky) men’s basketball welcomes Montana (17-11, 12-17 Big Sky) on Saturday, March 8 for a Bold and Gold Senior Day. Tip-off versus the Griz is set for 3 p.m.
  • Defensive Stops Help NAU Top Montana State
    March 06, 2014
    Defensive Stops Help NAU Top Montana State FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University's men's basketball team hosted Montana State in Big Sky Conference matchup at the J.L. Walkup Skydome. NAU defeated Montana State 61-48 as the team was able to dominate the game defensively and on the glass winning the rebound battle 38 to 19.
  • NAU Set to Host Montana State and Montana in Key Big Sky Games
    March 04, 2014
    NAU Set to Host Montana State and Montana in Key Big Sky Games FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (13-16, 10-8 Big Sky) men’s basketball has a tough slate ahead as they host Montana State and Montana in the final regular season games of the season. The Lumberjacks will play the Bobcats (14-15, 9-9 Big Sky) on Thursday, March 6. Tip-off is slated for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, the Lumberjacks will face Montana (16-11, 11-7 Big Sky) for Bold and Gold Senior Day.
  • Quinton Upshur Named Mid-Major and Big Sky Player of the Week
    March 03, 2014
    Quinton Upshur Named Mid-Major and Big Sky Player of the Week FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona junior guard Quinton Upshur has been named the Big Sky Player of the Week, announced today by the league office. Upshur has also been recognized as the College Sports Madness Mid-Major and Big Sky Player of the Week.
  • Men’s Basketball Upsets Big Sky Leader Weber State in Overtime
    March 01, 2014
    Men’s Basketball Upsets Big Sky Leader Weber State in Overtime OGDEN, Utah – Northern Arizona (13-16, 10-8 Big Sky) took down Big Sky leader Weber State (16-10, 13-5 Big Sky) on the road tonight, 73-71. The Lumberjacks handed the Wildcats their first conference home loss this season, snapping a league record 27 straight home wins. Junior forward Quinton Upshur hit the game winning shot to sink Weber State. The win snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Wildcats.
  • Men’s Basketball Claws Its Way Past Idaho State, 66-65
    February 27, 2014
    Men’s Basketball Claws Its Way Past Idaho State, 66-65 POCATELLO, Idaho – It was another hard fought battle between Northern Arizona (12-16, 9-8 Big Sky) and Idaho State 10-16, 7-10 Big Sky), but it was the Lumberjacks who came out on top with the 66-65 victory at Reed Arena tonight. The win gives NAU a season sweep over the Bengals, as it snaps a three-game losing streak for the Lumberjacks.
  • Men’s Hoops Looks to Earn Road Wins at Idaho State and Weber State
    February 25, 2014
    Men’s Hoops Looks to Earn Road Wins at Idaho State and Weber State FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (11-16, 8-8 Big Sky) men’s basketball will hit the road for its last conference away trip of the regular season. The Lumberjacks will play at Idaho State (10-15, 7-9 Big Sky) on Thursday, Feb. 27. Tip-off at Reed Gym is slated for 7:05 p.m. Saturday, March 1, the Lumberjacks will face conference leader Weber State (15-9, 12-4 Big Sky) at 7 p.m. at the Dee Events Center.
  • North Dakota Uses Second Half Surge to Beat Northern Arizona
    February 22, 2014
    North Dakota Uses Second Half Surge to Beat Northern Arizona FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona men's basketball hosted North Dakota in its second critical Big Sky matchup this week. The Lumberjacks fell to North Dakota with a score of 75-63 in a hard fought game.
  • Northern Colorado Shoots Past NAU, 74-59
    February 20, 2014
    Northern Colorado Shoots Past NAU, 74-59 FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Northern Arizona University’s men’s basketball team hosted Northern Colorado for a Big Sky conference match up at the Skydome. NAU fell to the Bears with a final score of 74-59.
  • Crucial Games for Lumberjack Basketball This Week
    February 18, 2014
    Crucial Games for Lumberjack Basketball This Week FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (11-14, 8-6 Big Sky) men’s basketball welcomes two of the Big Sky’s top four teams to the Walkup Skydome this week. The Lumberjacks will host second ranked Northern Colorado (15-8, 9-5 Big Sky) on Thursday, Feb. 20. Tip-off is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22 will pin the Lumberjacks versus North Dakota (11-13, 8-6 Big Sky). Both teams are currently tied for third place in the league standings.
  • Yanku Becomes American Citizen
    February 17, 2014
    Yanku Becomes American Citizen FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona men’s basketball freshman Kris Yanku moved to the United States when he was six years old from Istanbul, Turkey to Los Angeles, California and lived in Los Angeles before attending Northern Arizona.
  • Eastern Washington’s Three-Point Performance Too Much for the Lumberjacks
    February 15, 2014
    Eastern Washington’s Three-Point Performance Too Much for the Lumberjacks CHENEY, Wash. – Kris Yanku registered a career-high 30 points in the 84-65 loss to Eastern Washington at Reese Court. The Lumberjacks fall to 11-14 overall and 8-6 in Big Sky play.
  • Lumberjack Basketball Steals Another Win at the Buzzer
    February 13, 2014
    Lumberjack Basketball Steals Another Win at the Buzzer PORTLAND, Ore. – Freshman guard Kris Yanku came up big once again and scored the game winning basket with time winding down, as Northern Arizona (11-13, 8-5 Big Sky) defeated Portland State 65-63 at the Peter W. Stott Center.
  • NAU Athletics February Student-Athlete Spotlight
    February 12, 2014
    NAU Athletics February Student-Athlete Spotlight FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Johanna Vang of the women's tennis team and Max Jacobsen of the men's basketball team are featured in the first of Lumberjack Academics' monthly student-athlete spotlight beginning with the month of February.
  • Lumberjack Basketball Heads to Portland State and Eastern Washington
    February 11, 2014
    Lumberjack Basketball Heads to Portland State and Eastern Washington FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona (10-13, 7-5 Big Sky) men’s basketball team will travel to Portland State (11-10, 6-6 Big Sky) on Thursday, Feb. 13 to take on the Vikings at 8:05 p.m. MT at the Peter W. Stott Center. The Lumberjacks will then head to Eastern Washington on Saturday, Feb. 15 to face the Vikings (10-13, 5-7 Big Sky) at 3:05 p.m.
  • Lumberjacks Sink Southern Utah at the Free Throw Line
    February 08, 2014
    Lumberjacks Sink Southern Utah at the Free Throw Line FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona (10-13, 7-5 Big Sky) used the free throw line to slip past Southern Utah and come away with the 62-57 victory Saturday night at the Walkup Skydome. The win improved NAU’s home conference record to 5-1.
  • Lumberjacks Stumble at Sacramento State, Fall 87-70
    February 06, 2014
    Lumberjacks Stumble at Sacramento State, Fall 87-70 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Northern Arizona (9-13, 6-5 Big Sky) got into early foul trouble in the game and it plagued the Lumberjacks from there on out as they fell at Sacramento State (9-11, 5-6 Big Sky) tonight 87-70 at The Nest.
  • Men’s Hoops Travels to Sacramento St. Thursday, But Hosts Southern Utah on Saturday
    February 04, 2014
    Men’s Hoops Travels to Sacramento St. Thursday, But Hosts Southern Utah on Saturday FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona (9-12, 6-4 Big Sky) men’s basketball team will travel to Sacramento State (8-11, 4-6 Big Sky) on Thursday, Feb. 6 to take on the Hornets at 8:05 p.m. MT at The Nest. The Lumberjacks will then return to the Walkup Skydome on Saturday, Feb. 8 to host Southern Utah (1-18, 0-10 Big Sky) at 6:30 p.m. The first 200 NAU students will receive free Lumberjack sunglasses.
  • Coach Murphy Brings Big-12 Transfer KJ Bluford to Flagstaff
    February 03, 2014
    Coach Murphy Brings Big-12 Transfer KJ Bluford to Flagstaff FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Head Coach Jack Murphy has announced that the Northern Arizona men’s basketball program has landed a big time transfer in KJ Bluford from Iowa State.
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