Struggling out of the gate in Tempe, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (0-3) fell behind early against the Arizona State Sun Devils (3-0) en route to a 97-62 loss Friday night.
With 13 turnovers in the first 13 minutes and a 2-for-16 start from the field, Northern Arizona found itself trailing by 21 with 9:24 left in the first half. A 3-pointer by Karl Harris four minutes later brought the Lumberjacks within 12 at 35-23, but Northern Arizona could get no closer.
Harris led the Lumberjacks with 15 points, hitting 5 of 12 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, in just 19 minutes of play. While Lumberjacks head coach Jack Murphy kept a rotation of 11 players, just six played more than 20 minutes.
Torry Johnson led the team with 32 minutes, followed by Brooks DeBisschop’s 28 and Gino Littles’ 25. JoJo Anderson finished as the only other Lumberjacks in double-digits, scoring 10 points thanks to an 8-for-8 performance at the free-throw line.
Arizona State’s Romello White scored 25 points, hitting 10 of 12 from the field, followed by Shannon Evans II with 20 points and De’Quon Lake with 17. The Sun Devils finished 33 of 63 from the field, with their 52.4 percent easily outpacing the Lumberjacks’ 31.7 percent.
Finishing with 24 turnovers, Northern Arizona allowed Arizona State to score 24 points as a result. The Lumberjacks did bounce back from a poor rebounding effort Monday to beat the Sun Devils 42-35 on the boards, with five players grabbing at least four apiece.
On the road for the next two weeks, the Lumberjacks move on to face the Kansas State Wildcats (2-0) before heading to Las Vegas over Thanksgiving and a pair of games in California the following week.