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February 25, 2014

Men’s Hoops Looks to Earn Road Wins at Idaho State and Weber State

Game 28 

Where: vs. Idaho State (10-15, 7-9 Big Sky)

            Pocatello, Idaho • Reed Gym

When: Feb. 27 at 7:05 p.m.

All-Time Series: ISU leads 50-43

Game 29

Where: vs. Weber State (15-9, 12-4 Big Sky)

            Ogden, Utah • Dee Events Center

When: March 1 at 7 p.m.

All-Time Series: WSU leads 73-26

 

Radio: KBTK 105.1 FM

            Money Radio 1510 AM & 99.3 FM

            Sodexo Lumberjack Radio Network

            Play-by-play - Mitch Strohman

            Analyst - Dave Brown

Audio Stream:  www.BigTalkerRadio.com

Video Stream:  www.WatchBigSky.com

Live Stats:        www.isubengals.com and www.weberstatesports.com

TV:       N/A

Game Notes 

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.

The Lumberjacks have lost their last three games, including back-to-back games at home for the first time this season. Northern Arizona is 3-5 on the road in Big Sky play, as it is in search of a season sweep of Idaho State. The Lumberjacks fell to Weber State at home and look to earn their first win in Ogden since the 2007-08 season.

Northern Arizona is in a four-way tie for sixth place in the conference. Junior guard Quinton Upshur leads NAU in scoring with 15.5 points per game. Senior forward Max Jacobsen (11.7 ppg) and junior guard Aaseem Dixon (11.6 ppg) round out the top three scorers.

Breaking Down Idaho State

Flashback to February 1 and Kris Yanku hit the game winning layup with time winding down to give NAU the victory. Idaho State has the overall advantage, but the Lumberjacks have won the last three outings. The Bengals are in 10th place after losing its last two games. ISU ranks eighth in league games in scoring offense with 69.6 ppg. Chris Hansen is tied for fifth in the league in scoring with 17.3 points and is second in the conference in three-pointers made with 46.

Breaking Down Weber State

Flashback to January 30 and conference leader Weber State earned its 12th straight win over NAU dating back to 2009. Weber State defeated the Lumberjacks, 76-67. NAU dominated the points in the paint 42-28. Max Jacobsen led NAU with 18 points, while Quinton Upshur had 15 and Kris Yanku added 14. The Wildcats are 42-6 all-time versus the Lumberjacks in Ogden. Weber State leads the league in conference games in scoring defense (65.5), three-point field goal percentage (42.5) and rebounding margin (+4.9).

Live video of the games can be found at www.WatchBigSky.com. Don't forget to download the free Watch Big Sky app on your phone. Fans can listen to the game on KBTK 105.1 FM, MoneyRadio 1510 AM and 99.3 FM or online at www.BigTalkerRadio.com.

Quick Steals

• The Jacks are in a four-way tie for sixth in the Big Sky.

• NAU's win over Portland State on Jan. 18 marked the first time NAU began Big Sky play 5-1 since the 2007-08 season.

• NAU stunned reigning Big Sky Champion Montana on Jan. 2 to hand the Grizzlies their first conference loss in Dahlberg Arena in 31 games. The win was NAU's third straight Big Sky opening win.

• Quinton Upshur leads NAU with 15.5 points per game. Upshur and freshman Kris Yanku are the only two NAU players to cross the 30-point threshold this season.

• Five Lumberjacks have scored 20 or more points in a single game this season.

• The Lumberjacks were picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference by the media and ninth by the league coaches.

 

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