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Northern Arizona’s Corey Brown (2) dunks the ball during a game against Southern Utah earlier this season at the Walkup Skydome.

Ben Shanahan, Arizona Daily Sun file

A barrage of 3-pointers by the Eastern Washington Eagles led to an easy victory on their Senior Day Saturday in Cheney, Washington, as the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks finished at the bottom of the Big Sky Conference.

While the Eagles (18-13, 13-5 Big Sky) clinched the No. 3 seed with the 85-68 victory, the Lumberjacks (5-26, 2-16) completed their third five-win season since the 2011-12 season and broke the school record for losses.

Northern Arizona will face the No. 5-seeded Northern Colorado Bears Tuesday at 3:35 p.m. in the first round of the Big Sky Conference tournament in Reno, Nevada.

The teams met just once during the regular season, with the Lumberjacks losing 95-60 in Greeley, Colorado.

Saturday's loss, sending the Lumberjacks to their worst Big Sky record since 2012's 1-15 finish, included a 16-of-34 day by the Eagles from 3-point range.

After Northern Arizona took a 9-8 lead on an Isaiah Thomas layup with 12:21 remaining in the first half, Eastern Washington went on a 14-2 run that included 3s by Jack Perry and Jacob Davison.

Davison connected on three 3-pointers in a three-minute stretch, finishing the game 4 of 6 from outside and with 14 points. Perry added 18 points to lead five double-digit scorers for Eastern Washington, as he hit 6 of 8 from behind the arc.

Corey Brown led all scorers with 22 points, easily the junior's career high, while Thomas added 11. The Lumberjacks outscored the Eagles 44-26 in the paint, but hit just 4 of 15 from long range and 8 of 14 from the free-throw line.

Davison hit a 3 with 4:31 left in the first half, giving Eastern Washington a 31-21 lead. The Eagles' advantage never fell under 10 points for the remainder of the game.


Sports Reporter

Cody Bashore serves as the beat writer for Northern Arizona University basketball and football in addition to covering high school sports around Flagstaff for the Arizona Daily Sun.

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