FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – CSU Bakersfield held Northern Arizona to 19 points in the first half and the Lumberjacks were unable to bounce back, falling to the Roadrunners 81-47 at home in the Walkup Skydome.
"We knew that CSU Bakersfield was a tough defensive team coming in and they showed that tonight," said head coach Jack Murphy. "We struggled once again to hit shots and we won't win games that way. There's some time between now and our next game so we have to get back to practice and work on the things that will help us win."
The Lumberjacks hit just five shots in the first half going 5-for-25 from the field. NAU saw itself trail CSUB by 25 at the half as it went the final four minutes and seven seconds of the period without a made field goal. NAU's lone points during that stint was a pair of made free throws by JoJo Anderson.
NAU (2-8) ended the drought with a layup by Jordyn Martin with 17:46 to go in the second half. The Lumberjacks, who are normally solid at the free throw line, went 15 of 28 from the charity stripe for the game, missing a crucial opportunity to add points to their side of the scoreboard.
CSUB (6-4) was hot from the floor nailing 34 of its 61 attempts, including 42 in the paint to seal the win.
Anderson led the Lumberjacks with 15 points (8 of 12 FTs) and Mike Green notched 12 points.
Jaylin Arlington and Dedrick Basile both netted 16 points for CSUB, while Matt Smith added 10 points.
The Roadrunners held NAU to 19 points in the first half. The last time NAU scored 20 or fewer in the first half was at Montana State on Feb. 11, 2016.
The Lumberjacks have over a week before their next game when they host Little Rock on Dec. 14 at the Rolle Activity Center.