Turnovers doom NAU in loss to Cal State Bakersfield

FRESNO, Calif. — Issiah Grayson had 20
second-half points in a low-scoring affair and willed Cal State
Bakersfield to a 61-50 victory over Northern Arizona on Friday night.

Bakersfield (5-1) led only 41-38 before
Grayson scored 13 points in the last 5:20 to spark a 20-12 run. Grayson
also scored 7 unanswered points over a 1:11 stretch to give Bakersfield
its first lead of the second half 39-36 with 9:48 left.

Both teams scored only three total points over the next 4 minutes before Grayson took over again the closing minutes.

Grayson finished with 21 while Erik Kinney and Javonte Maynor scored 11 apiece.

Northern Arizona (2-4) had 20 offensive
rebounds and edged Cal State Bakersfield 43-29 on the glass. But the
Lumberjacks turned the ball over 23 times, shot 32.7 percent and missed
all 11 3-point attempts.

“I thought our effort on the defensive end was much improved and we
showed a lot of promise,” NAU coach Jack Murphy said. “Unfortunately,
we didn’t take care of the basketball and convert on the offensive end
like we needed to. We will get better and learn from this, as we have a
quick turnaround to our next game.”

Aaseem Dixon led Northern Arizona with 15
points and Max Jacobsen added 13. Junior Gaellan Bewernick added five points and 10 rebounds.