The Griz basketball team couldn’t stop a trio of NAU starters who combined for 62 points and led the Lumberjacks to a 73-65 road win inside Dahlberg Arena in Missoula Thursday night.
The loss snaps a streak of 31 straight league wins at home which Montana had amassed over the past three seasons.
Montana (5-5, 0-1) held a 37-29 advantage at the break thanks to a Jordan Gregory three in the final moments before halftime, but the Lumberjacks (4-8, 1-0) outscored the Griz 9-2 to begin the second half.
Northern Arizona led by as many as 11 points in the final four minutes of play. The Grizzlies scrapped back to make it a one-point game (66-65) with 1:32 left to play. However the ‘Jacks responded with a Quinton Upshur three and four Aaseem Dixon free throws to put NAU up 71-65 with 22 seconds remaining.
Senior Kareem Jamar led Montana with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists. Jordan Gregory was UM’s other double-figure scorer with 17 points.
Dixon scored a game-high 23 points, while Max Jacobsen had 21, and Upshur added 18.
NAU shot 58.7% (27-of-46) from the floor and 63.6% (7-of-11) from 3-point range in the game, while UM was 40.0% (22-of-55) and 10-of-26 (38.5%) .
The Grizzlies will host Sacramento State (4-6, 0-1) Saturday, Jan. 4, with a 7:05 p.m tip-off in Dahlberg Arena.