The men’s basketball team added another loss to the column after being defeated by the Sacramento State University (SSU) Hornets 64-57 Thursday night in Sacramento, California. The Lumberjacks have had trouble with their consistency to play two solid halves of basketball, and Thursday’s game was another example of that, as the Hornets owned the court for the entire first half.
NAU’s pitfall in the first half was its inability to stop the second-chance basket. The Hornets scored 10 of 41 points they had in the first half from second-chance shots. In addition to capitalizing and finding ways to finish at the rim, SSU rebounded 19-6 and went into the second half with a 20 point lead, 41-21.
Down 20 points at the half with nothing to lose, the Lumberjacks found hope 3 minutes into the second half, going on an 11 point run to close the deficit down to 47-36. The Lumberjacks found some confidence, as they took more shots to the basket, drew fouls and created extra points to help inch their way closer to a comeback.
However, the Hornets kept NAU just out of reach. Junior guard Cameron Satterwhite made a 3-point play, drawing a foul from a layup and another on a fast break to bring the Lumberjacks to a 5 point deficit. NAU couldn’t keep the momentum, as it was defeated by the Hornets 64-57. This marks NAU's fifth road loss of the season.
With the loss, NAU is 7-6 overall and 1-3 in conference, and will head home to prepare for the Idaho State University Bengals Saturday at the Walkup Skydome.