Second Half Surge By Sacramento State Lifts Hornets Past NAU, 74-62

Jordyn Martin
Jordyn Martin

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Sacramento State (5-11, 2-3 BSC) outscored Northern Arizona (3-14, 0-4 BSC) by 22 points in the second half to pick up its second Big Sky win of the season. The victory was the first for the Hornets in the Walkup Skydome since 2005.

"Sacramento State was able to use the second half to its advantage, especially their bigs," said head coach Jack Murphy. "We were a little too tentative at times today. Jordyn (Martin) has played hard for us every game. The guys need to follow his lead and play hard for 40 minutes."  

The Lumberjacks were able to capitalize on a 6-for-6 performance from the free throw line and nine made 3-pointers in the first half to take a 37-27 advantage over the Hornets into halftime. NAU held Sacramento State scoreless for four minutes late in the first period to go on an 8-0 run and the Lumberjacks led by as many as 12 points with 1:53 remaining in the half.

NAU was aggressive on the boards and 11 rebounds by Martin gave the Lumberjacks a 23-15 edge on the defensive end.

The Lumberjacks struck first to start the second, but the Hornets waited in the shadows to slowly ease their way back into the game. Joshua Patton gave Sacramento State its first lead of the second half with a jumper in the paint at the 13:50 mark and never looked back.

Sacramento State went on to lead by as much as 16 points with 2:28 remaining in the game, as it picked up its second straight conference win.

Martin finished with 14 points and was one off his career-high in rebounds registering 16. Mike Green and Marcus DeBerry tallied 10 points. NAU finished 33.9 percent from the field and struggled from long range in the second half, going 0-for-9.

Justin Strings led all scorers with 21 points. Nick Hornsby had a double-double of 17 points and 11 boards in 28 minutes of play. The Hornets shot 50.8 percent from the floor (31-for-61) and 50 percent (4-for-8) from long range.

NAU returns to the court in two days when it host Portland State at 3:30 p.m. this Monday at the Walkup Skydome.

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