After losing their first game to No. 19 UA, the Lumberjacks came back to Flagstaff and won their first home game of the season 105-32 against SAGU American Indian College. This brought NAU’s overall record to 1-1. The game was decided early on due to the Lumberjacks early dominance.
As usual, NAU came into the game looking for 3-pointers. The Lumberjacks jumped to an early 17-4 lead after sophomore guard Luke Avdalovic went 4-of-4 from beyond the arc within the first four minutes of the game.
“I come in with the same mindset every game,” Avdaolvic said. “I’m a perfectionist, so in my head, I want to make every shot. Starting out 4-4 is how I want to start every game.”
NAU went on to score another nine unanswered points with the help of senior guard Ted McCree, who hit two 3-pointers with 13:30 left in the first half. The team then put in the bottom half of its bench. The size and strength of the Lumberjacks was unmatched in almost any position by the Warriors. With 10 minutes left in the first half, NAU went on a 25-0 run.
The Lumberjacks held the Warriors to only 12% shooting in the first half and scored with ease.
“I think we improved on our transition defense and our half-court defense,” NAU interim head coach Shane Burcar said.
The Lumberjacks shot 57% from the field and 50% from the 3-point line, and scored 33 of 64 points from beyond the arc. NAU finished the half with a commanding 64-9 lead.
As the teams returned to the court, NAU kept a similar energy. The Warriors could not find an answer to the Lumberjack defense, and within the first five minutes of the second half, NAU outscored them 14-0. Junior redshirt guard Cameron Satterwhite made his first appearance on the court in the second half. Satterwhite, a transfer, is expected to play a lot for the Lumberjacks this season.
SAGU American Indian College scored its first points in almost 20 minutes with a layup from sophomore guard Al Case. He was the Warriors’ leading scorer, with 11 total points, before leaving with and ankle injury with two minutes left to play.
The Lumberjacks 73-point winning margin was the largest in school hisory.