Lumberjacks shoot past Vandals
MOSCOW, Idaho — Northern Arizona used 10 three-pointers and a 45-35 rebounding advantage to claim an 86-73 win Saturday, against Idaho at the Cowan Spectrum. The Lumberjacks (7-13, 5-5 Big Sky) led by seven at halftime and ripped off a 12-0 run early in the second half to take control of the game.
The Lumberjacks broke a 21-21 tie in the first half and darted out to an 11-point advantage with two minutes to go in the half. Idaho fought back to cut the deficit to seven at the break, 42-35, and had it down to six early in the second half before NAU’s decisive 12-0 run put the visitors ahead 61-43 with 13:24 to play.
The Vandals host Southern Utah (9-10, 4-6 Big Sky) Monday in the Cowan Spectrum. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. PT.
Jared Rodriguez poured in a team-high 19 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including matching his season best with three three-pointers. It is the fourth time this season the redshirt freshman has led Idaho in scoring.
Rodriguez had 13 points at halftime, with all three of his triples coming before intermission.
Northern Arizona went on a 12-0 run in just under three minutes to take a 61-43 lead with 13:24 remaining.
Jared Rodriguez now has 205 points in his debut season, good for 10th on Idaho’s all-time freshman scoring list.
Cameron Tyson scored 13 points, bringing his season total to 261 and moving up to No. 4 on Idaho’s all-time freshman scoring list. Tyson made two three-pointers, extending his own school record for three-pointers by a freshman to 62.
Trevon Allen was held to six points. Allen has reached double figures in 14 out of 20 games this season.
Cassius Smits-Francisco led Idaho with six rebounds. It is the second time this season Smits-Francisco has led the team in rebounding.
Northern Arizona rebounded more than 40 percent of its own missed shots in the game, hauling in 15 offensive boards. The Lumberjacks missed 16 shots in the second half and grabbed eight offensive rebounds. NAU had 19 second-chance points in the game, including 13 in the second half.
Ted McCree led Northern Arizona with 24 points on 8-of-13 three-point shooting…the most three-pointers made by an individual against the Vandals this season.
Chance Garvin did not play for Idaho (shoulder injury).
Head Coach Don Verlin
“We didn’t compete at the level we needed to tonight.”
“We just have to keep staying the course and growing these guys up. I know I’ve said that a lot and it’s frustrating, but we have to keep fighting.”
“One of our keys was to go inside and we didn’t do a good job of that tonight. They got hot from outside and we didn’t make those threes.”
“In the first eight or so minutes of the second half I was trying to get Trevon and Cameron going. I thought they needed some looks. For whatever reason, they didn’t go down.”
Redshirt Freshman Jared Rodriguez
“During their run, most of the points were in transition. I think they just outran us and that’s ultimately what cost us the game.”
“I worked hard setting screens to get our guys open. It looked to me like they got good looks behind the arc. It was just one of those nights that they don’t go in.”