Falling to 0-7 this season, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks lost to the Santa Clara Broncos, 89-57, late Thursday night in California.
With Santa Clara taking a 31-7 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, Northern Arizona fell behind early and never came closer than 35-20 for the rest of the night.
The Broncos scored 25 points off of the Lumberjacks' 13 first-half turnovers, and connected on 17-of-35 3-pointers in the game. After dropping five straight, Santa Clara earned its first Division I victory of the season.
Hitting 7 of 10 from the field, Corey Brown came away with a career-high 14 points to go with five rebounds. The junior hit 5 of 6 from the field in the first half, making up more than half of the team's 9-for-20 performance in the opening 20 minutes.
The rest of the Lumberjacks hit 11 of 36 from the field, with the team as a whole shooting 39 percent for the game. JoJo Anderson finished with 13 points, aided by an 8-of-10 day at the free-throw line, and Brooks DeBisschop added 10 points and six rebounds.
Northern Arizona travels to Cal State Bakersfield (4-4) on Saturday at 8 p.m.
SWIM AND DIVE
Former Northern Arizona diver Alexa Geiger was one of 26 graduating seniors to receive the prestigious Gold Axe Award during a banquet Tuesday night at the Ashurst Auditorium.
The award dates back to 1933 and is presented each semester to honor graduating seniors for their achievements and service. It is a tribute to outstanding academic performance, leadership and service to the community. Geiger is the 51st honoree to receive it from the Northern Arizona Athletics Department since 2004.
Geiger will complete her degree in special and elementary education with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9. A four-time Golden Eagle Scholar-Athlete award recipient and WAC All-Academic selection, Geiger maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA for six consecutive semesters during her diving career. She also was a four-time AD Honor Roll awardee and three-time Honorable Mention Scholar All-American by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.
The Fullerton, California, native was an integral member of four consecutive Western Athletic Conference championships before she completed her eligibility last spring. She won three individual conference titles and was named the WAC Diver of the Year in 2016. She concluded her career with the fourth-best 1-meter score (310.65) in program history.
Northern Arizona athletics will be hosting a celebration for the cross country national champions Wednesday at 5 p.m. in the DuBois Center Ballroom, with fans invited to attend.
The social hour will start at approximately 5 p.m. and the program will get underway at 5:30.
The event is complimentary and open to the general public. Appetizers and cake will be included. The event is RSVP, which fans can do online at nauathletics.com/index.aspx?path=cross.