With senior guard Ted McCree Jr. no longer on the team due to his decision to focus on his academics, NAU men’s basketball would have to look elsewhere for scoring opportunities. On Friday, NAU went up against its Big Sky Conference rival, Portland State University, inside the Walkup Skydome.
The two halves went back and forth for both teams. Portland State shot lights out in the first half, shooting 53% from the field and 45% from the 3-point line.
With the Vikings building a strong 45-37 lead, it would be another instance of NAU having to climb its way back to get a win in front of their hometown fans in Flagstaff.
The second half began and NAU woke up. Redshirt sophomore guard Luke Avdalovic put on a show. In his 37 minutes of play, Avdalovic scored 25 points with seven shots from behind the arc. Junior forward Bernie Andre made his mark as well, producing a double-double with 20 points and 15 rebounds.
It came down to the wire in the second half, but NAU was able to sneak away with the win against Portland State, 84-82.
This was a huge win for the Lumberjacks, putting their season record at 10-7 and getting themselves back to .500 in conference play. This win could be the spark that the team needed to compete for a Big Sky Championship.
The Lumberjacks will stay in Flagstaff for their next three matchups, as their next game will be Monday when they hit the floor running against Sacramento State University.