NAU loses Big Sky opener to hot-shooting Southern Utah

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Randy Onwuasor had 37 points and James McGee had 32, both career highs, as Southern Utah beat Northern Arizona 93-80 in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

McGee’s 3-pointer with 4:58 left gave the Thunderbirds (3-11) a double-digit lead for good at 82-70. They extended to their largest lead at 89-74 and snapped a seven-game skid.

Onwuasor made 7 of 11 from 3-point range and grabbed 12 rebounds. McGee made 6 of 8 from behind the arc, and Southern Utah made 16 of 29.

Southern Utah took the lead for good at 60-59 on Onwuasor’s dunk with 12:23 left the second half. That sparked an 11-1 run which Onwuasor capped at 69-60 on a 3-pointer with 9:36 left.

Jordyn Martin had 27 points and eight rebounds to lead the Lumberjacks (3-11). JoJo Anderson added 18 points, and Mike Green and Brooks DeBisschop scored 10 each.

Martin tied his career-high scoring total, and Anderson established a new career high.

NAU takes to the road next week for a road trip to North Dakota (Jan. 5) and Northern Colorado (Jan. 7).