Despite cutting the No. 3 Arizona Wildcats' lead to 10 on the first shot after halftime, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks fell 101-67 Friday night in Tucson.
Scoring more points against Arizona than in any of the other three meetings under head coach Jack Murphy, Northern Arizona's 36 first-half points nearly surpassed 2015's game total of 37.
Closing the first half on a 7-0 run, aided by a pair of baskets by Ruben Fuamba, Northern Arizona added a 3-pointer by Chris Bowling to trail 49-39. The 10-point deficit was the lowest since the 10:44 mark of the first half as the Lumberjacks trailed by single digits for much of the first quarter of the season-opening night.
Murphy went with a starting unit of Bowling, Torry Johnson, Gino Littles, Isaiah Thomas and Brooks DeBisschop before playing a 10-man rotation for much of the night. Littles led the team with 27 minutes, with the core 10 players all reaching at least 16 minutes.
Bowling and Thomas tied for the team lead at 11 points, with Littles adding nine points and eight apiece for JoJo Anderson, Karl Harris and Lenell Henry.
Junior Allonzo Trier led the Wildcats with 32 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line.
Northern Arizona opens its home schedule on Monday, hosting the NAIA's Embry-Riddle at 6:30 p.m. in Rolle Activity Center.