FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Quinton Upshur contributed a season-high 26 points and Northern Arizona remained atop the Big Sky Conference in drubbing Eastern Washington 84-65 on Thursday night.
Northern Arizona (7-9, 4-1) finished the first half with a 9-3 run, taking a 36-27 lead into the break in what was otherwise a tightly contested period.
The Lumberjacks scored the first six points of the second half and it was no contest the rest of the way. Dixon’s 3-pointer at 13:10 and Gaellan Bewernic’s layup 40 seconds later put Northern Arizona ahead 60-35 and the Lumberjacks cruised to their third straight Big Sky victory.
“The disappointing thing is we came into this game with momentum, but we’ve had to learn a lesson instead of building on a positive,” said Eastern head coach Jim Hayford, who pin-pointed shot selection and getting away from the game plan as Eastern’s downfall. “You have to keep coaching and teaching so that it doesn’t happen again in the next game.”
Eastern Washington (7-9, 2-3) managed a paltry 30 percent from the field and was only 4 of 23 from long range. Tyler Harvey led the Eagles with 25 points. Venky Jois scored 14 and grabbed 15 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season.
Ako Kaluna and Aaseem Dixon scored 15 points apiece for Northern Arizona.
“Credit NAU, they whipped us tonight,” Hayford said.