The Lumberjacks came into Saturday’s rematch against Weber State University looking to rebound after a 92-59 loss to the Wildcats Thursday. The defeat was the team's first game in 20 days after COVID-19 protocols canceled five NAU games in a row.
On Thursday, Weber State hit 18 3-pointers and senior guard Isiah Brown, who scored 31 on Thursday, picked up where he left off as he started the game with back-to-back threes.
However, NAU hung around in the opening period as the Wildcats struggled early on to regain their Thursday form, hitting only one of the next 10 attempts from the 3-point line in the first half. Redshirt junior guard Luke Avdalovic kept NAU in the game with two 3-pointers and finished the first half with 10 points. Weber State concluded the period with 18 points in the paint, taking a 32-23 lead heading into the locker room.
The Wildcats came out of halftime on fire once again by starting the second half on a 9-2 run and took a 41-25 lead, a deficit NAU struggled to overcome. During the first 11 minutes of the second half, NAU missed all five of their 3-point field goal attempts until redshirt junior forward Nik Mains hit a triple around the nine-minute mark. Weber State was ahead 67-42 as NAU head coach Shane Burcar took a timeout with five minutes remaining. The Wildcats kept control of the tempo and won the game 74-52.
Five players finished in double-digit scoring for Weber State, including Brown with 15 points. Junior forward Zahir Porter, who missed Thursday’s game with an injury, added 13 points.
The Lumberjacks saw 11 names in the box score's points column, but only Avdalovic finished in double-digits with 16 on the day. He did not commit a single turnover in his 31 minutes of court time.
NAU struggling to shoot was the big story of the game and why they could not take advantage of some Weber State cold streaks. The Lumberjacks attempted 16 3-pointers, but only hit four. The team also shot a poor 41% from the field against the Wildcats.
The Lumberjacks will play their final games of the regular season against the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, a team that is second in the Big Sky Conference standings with an overall record of 14-3. The first of a two-game series with the Thunderbirds will begin Wednesday in Cedar City, Utah.