N. Arizona 87, Montana St. 80

Max Jacobsen scored a career-high 22 points to lead all five

starters in double figures, and Northern Arizona held off Montana

State 87-80 on Monday night in the Big Sky Conference opener for

both teams.

Jacobsen added nine rebounds and was 9 of 12 from the floor,

part of a 56 percent effort for the Lumberjacks (4-5), who snapped

a 15-game conference losing streak. DeWayne Russell had 16 points,

Gaellan Bewernick scored 13, Stallon Saldivar had 12 and Gabe

Rogers chipped in 11.

Antonio Biglow scored 15 points and Flavien Davis added 14 for

the Bobcats (2-6), who whittled NAU’s 20-point second-half lead to

81-76 on Paul Egwuonwu’s layup with 43 seconds left. But the

Lumberjacks made all six of their free throws in the final minute

to seal the win.

NAU’s home loss to MSU last season snapped a 10-game home

winning streak against the Bobcats.