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January 25, 2014

Jacks Stumble at North Dakota

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The Northern Arizona men's basketball team suffered its second straight loss in conference play for the first time this season. The Lumberjacks weren't able to control North Dakota' hot shooting as it fell on the road 84-68 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
 

Great ball movement by Northern Arizona in the first seven minutes of the game helped the Jacks take a 13-10 lead at the first media timeout. From there, North Dakota was able to connect on 6 of 7 three-pointers to take a 43-36 lead into the locker room.

 
In order to win the game NAU would have to find a way to slow down North Dakota from long range.
NAU closed the gap on UND with a 7-0 run, but moments later UND returned the favor with a 9-0 run of it's own to take a 54-44 advantage with 15:23 remaining.

UND went up by 14 points at the next media timeout, and managed to increase its lead as the game went on.
Turnovers began to haunt the Jacks in the second half as they had nine in the first 14 minutes of the half. NAU turnovers mixed with UND made three-pointers turned into a bad combination for the road team.

With 3:56 left to play, NAU trailed UND 76-60. Both teams scored eight points each over the final minutes as North Dakota came away with the victory. UND scored 27 points off NAU turnovers.
 
Max Jacobsen led all scorers with 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting, while Quinton Upshur had 13 points and Aaseem Dixon added 10. Gaellan Bewernick registered six points and 10 rebounds. NAU shot over 50 percent from the floor for the third straight game.

UND connected on a season high 13 three-pointers. Jamal Webb led UND with 15 points, as it shot 50 percent from the field as a team and 56.5 percent from behind the arc.
 
NAU returns to the Walkup Skydome next week to host Weber State on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 6:30 p.m., and Idaho State on Saturday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m.

Notes: Double digit scoring games Quinton Upshur (17), Max Jacobsen (14) and Aaseem Dixon (12)…Len Springs cracked the NAU Top 10 single season blocked shots chart with 36 for tenth place.