Eastern Washington’s 3-point barrage too much for NAU

CHENEY, Wash. — Kris Yanku registered a career-high 30 points, but NAU couldn’t keep up in an 84-65 loss to Eastern Washington on Saturday.

With the defeat, the Lumberjacks fell to 11-14 overall and 8-6 in Big Sky play.

Northern Arizona fell behind Eastern Washington (12-13, 7-7 Big Sky) in the first half largely because it had trouble defending the 3. The Eagles connected on eight 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes to take a 39-26 lead into halftime.

Coming out of the half, Eastern Washington went on a 7-0 run to stretch its advantage to 14. NAU was able to trim the deficit with 10-2 run of its own, but that was close as the Lumberjacks would get, as the 3-pointer continued to do them in.

Eastern Washington guard Tyler Harvey finished with a game-high 37 points, hitting nine of the Eagles’ 16 treys in the win. Center Len Springs set a career high with a school-record-tying six blocks, and Parker Kelly and Drew Brandon added 12 points apiece for Eastern Washington.

Yanku connected on 13 of 16 free throws en route to his career-best scoring total for NAU. Quinton Upshur added 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

NAU and Eastern Washington split the season series, with each team winning at home.