LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Northern Arizona (1-3) men's basketball was unable to hand Loyola Marymount (4-0) its first loss of the season, as it fell to the Lions 90-78 tonight at the Gersten Pavilion.
"We felt that we needed to attack in the paint tonight," said head coach Jack Murphy. "We have to continue to work on our man defense, along with working on our rotation so that we're not as tired. It's a step-by-step process, but I'm confident that we will get there."
Senior Max Jacobsen netted a career-high 28 points to lead the Lumberjacks, while junior transfer Quinton Upshur registered 25 points and five rebounds. NAU shot 46.8 percent (29-for-62) from the floor and 70.8 percent (17-of-24) from the free throw line.
NAU trailed at the half 36-35, but it fought back in the second half. Coming out of the locker room, Upshur completed a three-point play to start the half, which gave NAU a 38-36 edge.
LMU was able to go up by as many as six points over the next five minutes, but a jumper by Jacobsen gave NAU a 50-49 lead with 14:14 to go in the game.
The Lions were able to capitalize on missed shots by the Lumberjacks as they took a double digit lead after a dunk by Evan Payne with 10:40 to go. NAU managed to chip into the Lions' lead, but the deficit was too much to overcome.
Gabe Levin led Loyola Marymount with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Anthony Ireland also recorded a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. The Lions shot 55.4 percent (36-for-65) from the floor and 92.9 percent (13-of-14) from the free throw line.
NAU will host San Diego Christian in its home opener on Saturday, Nov. 23. Tip-off at the Walkup Skydome is slated for 3 p.m.
Notes: Max Jacobsen's 28 points is the most by an NAU player this season…Jacobsen and Upshur have both scored in double figures in every game so far this season.