On Saturday, the Lumberjacks headed north for a game against the Montana State Bobcats at Worthington Arena. They lost in a back-and-forth battle with a final score of 84-73.
The Lumberjacks struggled to protect the basketball. NAU had 19 turnovers as a team, leading to 20 points scored off of those turnovers for the Bobcats.
NAU’s freshman guard Luke Avdalovic had a stellar game, scoring 24 points and knocking down 6 of 10 shots from behind the 3-point arc.
Sophomore forward Bernie Andre had trouble finding his shot, but his presence was prominent on the glass. Andre pulled down a career-high 18 rebounds. This has become a regular occurrence for the Florida native, as he had just set his rebounding career-high last weekend against Eastern Washington with a total of 16. Bernie Andre has a whopping 47 rebounds over his past three games.
Montana State junior guard Harald Frey had a phenomenal outing, putting up 30 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and dishing out 6 assists. Frey was also active on the defensive end, stealing the ball 4 times. The Bobcats also received a big contribution from senior guard Tyler Hall. The 6-foot 5-inches tall floor general scored 18 points along with grabbing 8 rebounds.
Northern Arizona shot 41.5 percent from the field and a high 88.9 percent on free throws. Montana State shot 46.9 percent on field goals, and won the rebounding battle 41-35. Ultimately, the consistent rebounding and defensive pressure from the Bobcats carried them to victory. The Bobcats will play against Southern Utah on Monday.
The Lumberjacks have lost their second straight game, dropping their record to 9-19. NAU still has time to bring their record up with two remaining games on the schedule. The Lumberjacks will face Montana on Monday, who are sitting comfortably at first in the Big Sky Conference with a 20-7 record.