NAU can’t hold 14-point lead, falls to Idaho St. in OT

POCATELLO, Idaho — Erik Nakken hit the second of two free throws with eight seconds left in overtime to cap Idaho State’s come-from-behind, 91-90 win over Northern Arizona Thursday night.

Jordyn Martin gave Northern Arizona the lead, 90-88 on a layup with just under two minutes left in the extra period. Robert Jones III answered with a layup seconds later to knot the game at 90-90. Idaho State rallied from 14 points down at intermission. The Bengals tied the game at 84-84 on a 3-pointer by Ethan Telfair at the buzzer to end regulation. Each team hit two 3-pointers in the final minute.

Martin finished with 21 points to lead Northern Arizona (6-17, 3-7 Big Sky). Marcus DeBerry and Mike Green each scored 16 points for the Lumberjacks.

“We didn’t defend in the second half and committed too many fouls,” NAU coach Jack Murphy said. “Offensively, we didn’t get the ball inside like we like and that resulted in us not going to the free throw line. We have to drive the ball more and attack the paint.

“I thought we recovered and had a good attempt at the end, but we allowed the game to get away from us. Games like tonight show why it’s so hard to win a road game in this league.”

Telfair finished with 21 points and Geno Luzcando added another 20 to lead Idaho State (4-17, 2-7).