Despite chipping the lead down to as little as three in the second half, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-10) never could retake the lead Monday evening at South Florida (6-6).
Trailing by 10 at the half, a 3-pointer by JoJo Anderson and layups for Brooks DeBisschop and Karl Harris brought the Lumberjacks within three, but they eventually fell 70-56 to the Bulls.
DeBisschop, returning from a two-week absence, led Northern Arizona with 13 points and 13 rebounds in 35 minutes. Anderson added 10 points and a team-high five assists, as nine different Lumberjacks scored.
Northern Arizona started slow in the first half on offense, with just six points in the first 10 minutes of the opening half. However, South Florida's offense did not fare much better against Northern Arizona as a pair of baskets by Isaiah Thomas drew the Lumberjacks within two at 17-15.
After the Lumberjacks cut it to three at 33-30, the Bulls went on a 9-0 run to pull away. Scoreless for more than three minutes, Northern Arizona allowed South Florida to hit four free throws, a layup and a 3-pointer, with the Lumberjacks never drawing closer than six points again.
The Bulls connected on 10 of 23 from the 3-point line, well ahead of the Lumberjacks' 4-of-23 performance. While South Florida connected on 50 percent from the field, Northern Arizona managed just 34.9 percent, but did score 25 points off of 18 turnovers.
The Lumberjacks play their final nonconference game of the year Wednesday at the Jacksonville Dolphins (4-8), with a week off over Christmas before Montana and Montana State arrive to open Big Sky Conference play.