Lumberjacks hold off Southern Utah late

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Aaseem Dixon hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points as Northern Arizona held on to defeat Southern Utah 70-67 on Saturday at the Walkup Skydome.

Kris Yanku added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Lumberjacks (7-9, 2-1 Big Sky), sinking 10 of 12 free throws. Quinton Upshur struggled from the field, hitting just 1 of 10, but went 9 of 10 from the line for 11 points.

Casey Oliverson paced Southern Utah (3-11, 0-3) with 12 points and seven rebounds, while Race Parsons and Travon Langston each contributed 11 points. The Thunderbirds gave up 19 points off turnovers and another 17 on second-chance opportunities.

Northern Arizona held a comfortable lead, 56-38 with 6:37 remaining, but had to sweat out the final minutes.

"Our game today wasn’t pretty, but we came away with the win and that’s what’s most important. Give credit to Southern Utah. They came out here today and challenged us," Lumberjacks coach Jack Murphy said. "It’s only the second time this season we’ve won back to back games, but now we need to carry that momentum into our next game."

The Thunderbirds reeled off a 24-9 run, pulling within three after James McGee’s 3-pointer with 17 seconds left. The Lumberjacks made 5 of 6 free throws to hang on.