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Playing close to the Weber State Wildcats for the first quarter of the game in Ogden, Utah, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks offense fell silent in the second half.

After trailing 24-21 with 8:26 left in the first half, Northern Arizona fell 95-55 to Weber State, extending a three-game losing streak to open Big Sky Conference play. Hitting 9 of 18 from the field to start the game, the Lumberjacks connected on just 9 of 39 for the final 31:34.

The Lumberjacks went scoreless for 5:08 after Carlos Hines tipped in a basket to cut the Wildcats' lead to three points. Weber State responded with seven straight to retake a 10-point advantage before Brooks DeBisschop ended the run with a dunk.

Chris Bowling, Northern Arizona’s leading scorer at 18 points in the loss, connected on a 3-pointer seconds before halftime, but the Lumberjacks stalled out of the break. Hitting just one of its first 13 shots, Northern Arizona scored just four points in the first seven minutes of the second half.

Weber State’s 15-3 run came to an end with a tip-in by Torry Johnson, but 3-pointers by Ricky Nelson and Ryan Richardson added to another 8-0 run and the Wildcats’ first 30-point lead of the night. The lead reached 44 points with 47 seconds remaining as the Wildcats handed the Lumberjacks their worst loss since suffering a 101-58 rout at Montana State in February of 2016.

With opponents hitting 34.3 percent from behind the arc coming into the game, Northern Arizona allowed Weber State to connect on 11 of 22 from 3-point range. Four different Wildcats connected on multiple 3s, with Richardson leading the way with three, while Nelson, Jerrick Harding and Brekkott Chapman all added two apiece.

With the Lumberjacks pressuring the Wildcats for much of the day, they only managed to force seven turnovers, which led to just three points. While Northern Arizona toned back its turnovers, committing just 13 for its lowest total since late November against Hampton, Weber State scored 30 points off of its takeaways.

After scoring double-digits for five straight games, including a pair of 30-point performances, JoJo Anderson came away with his second straight four-point performance while again finishing without a field goal.

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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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