During its first two games of its five-game Canadian exhibition tour, the NAU men's basketball team dominated its competition, winning by a combined 85 points.
Friday night was a completely different story.
The Lumberjacks lost their first game in the Border of the Battle, losing to the University of Calgary, 89-65 at Jack Simpson Gym in Calgary.
The third quarter was the difference in the game. The Jacks entered the locker room trailing by one, 30-29, and then were outscored 33-12 in the frame.
Calgary was 5-for-8 from three-point distance and went 13 of 24 from long range in the game.
"They out worked us and played harder," coach Mike Adras said. "Our rotations were poor and they hit shots when we were not in position. They scored in a variety of ways.
"I give them credit. I told the team if you do not show up ready to do what you need to do you are going to get caught. This is their home arena in front of their fans. They wanted this more."
NAU shot 35 percent for the game with splits of 40.7 percent in the first half and 30.3 percent in the second. Calgary hit just 35.5 percent of its field goals in the first half, but opened up its double-digit lead knocking down 72.4 percent of its shots in the second.
"We did not show up and play well," Adras said. "If you do not play well and do not play harder than your opponent then you probably are not going to win. We never overcame those things in this ball game."
Senior forward Eric Platt led NAU in scoring for the second consecutive game with 12 points on 5-for-10 shooting and 2 of 4 on three-point field goals. Junior Josh Lepley added 10 points rounding out NAU's double-digit scorers.
Calgary's Jared Ogungbemi-Jackson led all scorers with 21 points. Ogungbemi-Jackson's teammate Tyler Fidler turned in the game's only double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
The Jacks will have a rematch opportunity against Calgary tonight. NAU then plays the Lethbridge Pronghorns in the fifth and final game in the Battle of the Border on Sunday.
"It will be interesting (tonight)," Adras said. "We will talk to the guys (today) about what happened and what they need to do different. We will come out and have to play a lot better than we did."