PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. — UNO couldn’t dig itself out of a 25-point halftime hole, and the Mavericks lost 73-65 to Northern Arizona on Sunday.
UNO trailed 45-20 at halftime before hitting 13 of its first 18 shots in the second half to cut the deficit to 58-53 with 9:24 left, but the Mavs (5-6) couldn’t get closer than four.
The Lumberjacks (4-2) built their lead in the final 11 minutes of the first half. UNO was up 10-8 when Northern Arizona went on a 23-2 run over the next 5 1⁄2 minutes. Cameron Shelton, who finished with a career-high 20 points, scored 11 during the run.
Northern Arizona shot 55.9% from the field and outrebounded UNO 21-12 before the break. The Mavs, however, flipped the script after halftime.
UNO went on a 17-2 run in the first five minutes, cutting the deficit to 47-37 on back-to-back baskets from Matt Pile. Another Pile basket made it 58-53 at the 9:24 mark.
But another scoring drought took the steam out of UNO’s comeback. The Mavs missed seven shots and went scoreless for 4 1⁄2 minutes as the Lumberjacks extended their lead to 67-57 at the 2:40 mark.
UNO closed to 69-65 with 43 seconds left, but Northern Arizona hit 4 of 6 free throws to secure the win.
Pile led the Mavs with 18 points and 13 rebounds — 12 points and 10 boards coming in the second half — for his third double-double this season. Zach Thornhill added 14 points, but JT Gibson, the team’s top scorer, was held to three points in 29 minutes.
UNO was outrebounded 45-34 and made 3 of 10 free throws in dropping its third straight, all on the road. And the road doesn’t get easier as the Mavs play at No. 12 Arizona on Wednesday.
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