NICEVILLE, Fla. — Kris Yanku scored 18 points and Ako Kaluna 17 to lead Northern Arizona to a 70-63 overtime victory over Southern at the Emerald Coast Classic on Friday.
Quinton Upshur added 13 points for NAU (2-4). Aaseem Dixon scored all five of his points and Yanku added four in the extra period to spur the Lumberjacks.
A 3-pointer and free throw by Yanku gave Northern Arizona a 10-point lead with 11:21 left in regulation. But the Jaguars tied the game with 59 seconds left on a basket by Trelun Banks. Kaluna scored off an offensive rebound with 41 seconds left before Tre Lynch’s basket with 7 seconds left sent the game into overtime.
Banks scored 14 points and Lynch 13 for Southern (1-5), which made only 3 of 21 3-point attempts.
On Saturday, Southern plays Eastern Illinois.
TEXAS A&M 87, UNO 65: In College Station, Texas, UNO hung in early but conceded a couple of big runs that propelled Texas A&M at Reed Arena.
The second half started with the Privateers (1-2) earning three trips to the free throw line that cut the deficit to single digits at 40-31. That was as close as UNO would get. Texas A&M (4-1) converted a layup on a 3-on-1 fastbreak to cap a 10-2 run just before a timeout that extended the Aggies lead to 17. Texas A&M led by as many as 31 points in the second half.
Christavious Gill was one of three Privateers in double figures with a team-high 16 points. Colton Weisbrod had 12 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field and Tevin Broyles had 11 points. The Privateers also shot 21-of-27 from the free-throw line.
WESTERN KENTUCKY 69, TULANE 64: In Hempstead, NewYork, it was a back-and-forth clash, but it was Western Kentucky (4-2) that dealt Tulane (4-1) its first loss of the season, beating the Green Wave at the Hofstra Thanksgiving tournament.
Tulane’s Kolby Morgan finished with a career-high 25 points on 10-of-18 shooting from the field and a 5-of-9 mark from beyond the 3-point arc. Jamie Kaplan added 11 points for Tulane.
UL-LAFAYETTE VS. SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA: The Louisiana-Lafayette women will try to keep the momentum going from a 58-55 victory over Louisiana Tech last week when they travel to Hammond to play Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday.
The leading scorers for the Cajuns (3-0) are Jaylyn Gordon (15.0 points), Keke Veal (13.3) and Kia Wilridge (11.0).
Southeastern (2-2) is led by Nanna Pool with averages of 17.0 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. Symone Miller is averaging 15.0 points.