N. Arizona beats Sac State, 89-64
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP)—Matt Johnson came off the bench to score a game high 20 points to lead Northern Arizona to an 89-64 victory over Sacramento State on Sunday.
Johnson made 6-of-8 3-point attempts for the hot-shooting Lumberjacks, who shot 65 percent from the field and made 15-of-26 from beyond the 3-point arc. Cameron Jones had 18 points for Northern Arizona (5-12, 2-4 Big Sky Conference), Zarko Comagic scored 12 and Shane Johannsen and Josh Lepley each had 10 points and six rebounds.
Justin Eller scored 14 points, Loren Leath had 12 and Michael Selling scored 10 for Sacramento State (1-18, 0-6), which lost its 13th consecutive game.
After Sacramento State cut an 18-point Northern Arizona lead to 50-39 early in the second half, Johnson capped a 13-0 run with his fourth 3-pointer. He made another moments later to give the Lumberjacks a 68-43 lead midway through the second half, and Northern Arizona’s lead never fell below 21 points the rest of the way.
The lead changed hands three times early in the first half before Sacramento State took a 16-10 lead, but Northern Arizona answered with a 10-0 run and never looked back.
The Lumberjacks shot 60 percent from the field and made 10-of-16 3-point attempts in the first half while building a lead that reached 18 points.
Johnson had two of his three first-half 3-pointers during a 28-10 run that gave Northern Arizona its biggest lead on the way to a 48-33 halftime advantage.
The Lumberjacks then ran away to victory by shooting 71 percent from the field in the second half.