Men's basketball hosted the Idaho Vandals in the Walkup Skydome on Thursday night, improving their record to 9-17 by defeating Idaho in a 75-54 win.
Prime Players: NAU was led by sophomore forward Bernie Andre, who scored a career-high 22 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. He attacked the paint early in the game, establishing a forceful presence. Andre has been successful against Idaho this season, posting his second double-double in two meetings with the Vandals. Sophomore guard Carlos Hines was also a big contributor in the game. He filled up the box score with 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Hines distributed the ball well, putting his teammates in position to make plays every chance he got.
Turning Point: From the tipoff, NAU head coach Jack Murphy ran defensive sets early in the contest that disrupted Idaho’s game plan. The Lumberjacks forced 9 turnovers in the first half, and did damage pushing the ball in transition, which lead to plenty of baskets. They held the Vandals to 31 percent shooting from the field, while shooting an impressive 42 percent from three-point range themselves. With suffocating defense and efficient perimeter shooting, NAU led by 20 at the half. This is their largest lead at the intermission this season.
NAU dominated this game in every facet. The Lumberjacks scored 36 points in the paint as opposed to Idaho’s 14. There wasn't a point in the game where Idaho had the lead. Northern Arizona took the win, 75-54.
With this loss, Idaho has now lost 12 consecutive games and both contests against the Lumberjacks this season. This victory makes it two in a row for the Lumberjacks, who look to finish the season off strong with only four games left on their schedule.
Moving forward, the Lumberjacks will play their final home game of the season Feb. 23 against the Eastern Washington Eagles. The Eagles are also coming off of a victory against Idaho.