Falling behind by 15 in the first 7:20 of the game, the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks (2-8) fell to the the San Diego Toreros (7-2) 79-51 Saturday night in California.
The Lumberjacks missed their first six shots and committed nine turnovers before getting on the board via a 3-pointer by Gino Littles with 11:32 remaining in the first half. For the game, Northern Arizona committed 17 turnovers and shot just 26.7 percent from the field with nearly half of its points coming from the free-throw line.
Led by JoJo Anderson’s 9-of-9 day from the free-throw line, Northern Arizona hit 24 of 29 as a team. Anderson finished with 11 points, second to Littles, whose 13 points, four rebounds and two assists paced the team.
Playing again without Brooks DeBisschop and Ruben Fuamba, both sidelined by foot injuries sustained last week, Northern Arizona and its shorthanded frontcourt lost the rebounding battle 39-27.
Following Littles’ 3, San Diego added another 9-0 run to lead 26-3 with 9:01 left in the first half. The Toreros connected on 13 of 32 3-point attempts, with six of the makes coming during the run in the opening 11 minutes of the game.
The Lumberjacks return home to face the South Dakota Coyotes (8-3) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Before arriving in Flagstaff, South Dakota will host the Eastern Washington Eagles on Sunday.