Fresno State outlasts Northern Arizona in overtime

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) –– Cezar Guerrero

dropped a deep jump shot that boosted Fresno

State past Northern Arizona 71-67 after an agonizing chase through

overtime in the final of the Fresno State Classic on Sunday.

Five times during regulation, Marvelle

Harris, who had a game-high 27 points, put the Bulldogs in the lead by one or moved them into a tie down the stretch. Four times those situations lasted for just one

possession, but the fifth forced overtime at 62-62.

Harris broke the tie with a 3-pointer in

OT and added a free throw to tie again at 66, and Guerrero’s jumper with 34

seconds left finally put Fresno State (6-3) up for good at 69-67 in a game

that saw 12 lead changes and seven ties.

Northern Arizona jumped out to an early 15-5 lead, as Max Jacobsen (21 points), Jordyn Martin (10) and Gaellan

Bewernick (10 points, 10 rebounds) had an answer for Harris until the

end.

“I thought a lot of guys stepped up today,” said NAU coach Jack Murphy. “We’re not going to face many more athletic teams like Fresno State. We

learned a lot about our team over these past few games. I thought we

got better at attacking the paint and we didn’t settle today. As we get

closer to conference time, we have to come up with a rotation, so it’s

good to see guys stepping up.”

Quinton Upshur added 11 points while Jordyn Martin finished with 10 points and nine rebounds for the Lumberjacks (2-6).

NAU had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but a jumper by Kris Yanku bounced off the rim, sending the game into overtime.