NAU men's basketball team headed into Orem, Utah for a clash against the Utah Valley University Wolverines Saturday night. Last month, Utah Valley made their claim to fame by nearly pulling off an upset on the road at then, No. 8 ranked University of Kentucky.
The first half was a defensive battle, as NAU only led 27-25 at the break. That would go out the window as both teams would combine for 99 points in the second half.
This was NAU's most balanced scoring effort of the season so far, as all five starters scored in double digits to hold the lead against Utah Valley. Senior Chris Bowling led the Lumberjacks' efforts with a 16-point performance. Senior Ted McCree had a 13-point effort. Sophomore Cameron Shelton finished with a 12-point night and senior Brooks DeBisschop and redshirt sophomore Nik Mains would contribute 10 points each.
NAU outshot Utah Valley from beyond the arc at a 46.7% shooting clip, while the Wolverines were only able to muster 35.3% from three-point range. The Lumberjacks also forced 19 turnovers on Utah Valley, compared to only surrendering 11 turnovers to the Wolverines.
Interim head coach Shane Burcar has the Lumberjacks moving in the right direction as this is the program's best start through seven games since the 2010 season.
This was NAU's first true road win of the season and they will remain on the road with a trip to California to take on the University of California, Riverside Thursday before heading to Malibu for a date with Pepperdine University Dec. 21.