Michael Dunn is starting to look like the most clutch player in the Big Sky. You may remember his game-winner against Northern Colorado a couple weeks ago, and now he had a big role late in helping Northern Arizona go in and knock off Sacramento State in Sacramento.
First, with the Lumberjacks trailing 59-58, it was Dunn with a steal and layup with 50 seconds left to give NAU the lead. After the Hornets took the lead back (on a Mikh McKinney basket), Mike Dunn was sent to the foul line with 7.4 seconds left, calmly knocking down both shots.
Dunn was far from the only hero for Northern Arizona. Gabe Rogers had a game high 22 points, including hitting 4/6 from downtown. Over the last two weeks, he has really found his stroke. Max Jacobsen had 16 points on 8/11 shooting, continuing his extremely solid junior season. NAU moes to 5-7 with the win.
Sacramento State falls to 5-7, and it had to be a disappointing game for Brian Katz. No disrespect meant to NAU, but beating the Lumberjacks at home is something you have to do if you want to be a top 4 team in the Big Sky. Konner Veteto (0 points, 0 rebounds, 3 turnovers in 14 minutes) was still hampered by a knee injury suffered on Thursday, but this will be a tough one for the Hornets to take, especially since they were up by 14 points with 11 minutes to play.
Congrats to Northern Arizona on a great win! With Portland State and Eastern Washington coming to Flagstaff this week, Jack Murphy could have his club sitting very pretty heading into the stretch run.
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