TUCSON, Ariz.: Jamarl Baker scored 33 factors and made seven 3-pointers, sending Arizona to a 96-53 rout of Northern Arizona on Monday evening.
Arizona (3-0) swarmed the Lumberjacks of their first sport of the season, scoring the primary 15 factors on the way in which to constructing a 26-point halftime lead.
Baker performed free and confidently from the opening tip, scoring 19 factors to eclipse his profession excessive by halftime. He hit his first seven 3s and completed 7 for 9 from behind the arc.
Arizona shot 67%, went 13 for 22 from 3-point vary and had 21 assists and 32 area targets.
Luke Avdalovic led Northern Arizona (0-1) with 16 factors and Cam Shelton added 15.
The Wildcats and Lumberjacks had been attempting to play this sport for greater than a month.
The unique schedule had it slated for Nov. 10. The pandemic-delayed begin of the season pushed it to Nov. 25. COVID-19 points inside NAU’s program triggered it to be delayed but once more.
The Wildcats arrived at McKale Center in midseason type with three wins already. The Lumberjacks had three days of apply and no video games to arrange for what was already going to be a tough problem.
It couldn’t have began worse for NAU.
Northern Arizona coach Shane Burcar referred to as a timeout two minutes in after Arizona scored twice on the break, together with a 3-on-1, and the Wildcats raced out to a 15-Zero lead.
The Lumberjacks discovered a little bit of rhythm after the early blitz and hit a couple of photographs.
Their greatest downside: stopping Baker.
Arizona’s junior guard confidently stroked in a single shot after one other, eclipsing his profession excessive by halftime with 21 factors. Baker made all eight of his photographs, together with 5 3s, and Arizona led 53-27.
Baker didn’t calm down after the break. He hit two extra 3-pointers within the first 2 1/2 minutes and capped his evening with a behind-the-back transfer for a tricky layup in visitors. He made 12 of 16 photographs general.
Northern Arizona obtained off to the worst doable begin towards a much bigger, extra athletic opponent. The Lumberjacks had some good moments after the early barrage, which ought to assist them as soon as Big Sky Conference play begins.
Arizona performed with vitality and effectivity from the opening tip, by no means giving a small-school opponent any likelihood of an upset.
Northern Arizona hosts UC Riverside on Thursday.
Arizona hosts Cal State Bakersfield on Wednesday.
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