The Sacramento State Hornets held a one-point halftime lead, but the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks broke away with a 16-3 run midway through the second half and hung on for a 75-65 win at the Walkup Skydome in Flagstaff, Ariz., Thursday night.
Sacramento State (4-8, 0-3 Big Sky Conference) trailed by as much as seven points in the first half before closing the half on a 20-12 spurt for a 32-31 halftime lead.
Mikh McKinney tied the game at 40-40 with a layup with 15:36 left in the second half, but the Lumberjacks (5-9, 2-1) ran off seven straight points and took a 56-43 lead with 7:15 to go on a layup by Max Jacobsen.
Trailing 63-50 with 4:10 remaining, the Hornets fought back, getting as close as six points at 67-61 with 1:50 to go when McKinney drained a 3-pointer. But Northern Arizona made all six of its free throws in the final minute to secure the victory.
Aaseen Dixon led the Lumberjacks with 22 points and seven rebounds. Quinton Upshur added 18 points and Jacobsen scored 17. Gaellan Bewernick and Len Springs had seven boards each, with Springs also contributing four blocked shots. Kris Yanku dished out five assists.
McKinney scored 15 points for the Hornets to go with six assists and Dylan Garrity had 12 points. Nick Hornsby grabbed five rebounds.
Sacramento State was 25-for-52 (48.1 percent) overall, 10-for-18 (55.6 percent) from 3-point range and 5-for-10 (50 percent) at the foul line. Northern Arizona was 24-for-50 (48 percent), 11-for-16 (68.8 percent) and 16-for-28 (57.1 percent).
The Lumberjacks outrebounded the Hornets 33-26, while Sacramento State had 11 turnovers to just eight for Northern Arizona.
The Hornets finish their four-game conference opening road trip Saturday at Southern Utah (1-10, 0-2). Tipoff is at 6:05 p.m. Pacific.