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Big Sky leader Northern Arizona drubs Eastern Washington

Quinton Upshur contributed a season-high 26 points and Northern Arizona remained atop the Big Sky Conference in drubbing Eastern Washington 84-65 on Thursday night.


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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Quinton Upshur contributed a season-high 26 points and Northern Arizona remained atop the Big Sky Conference in beating Eastern Washington 84-65 on Thursday night.

Northern Arizona (7-9, 4-1) finished the first half with a 9-3 run, taking a 36-27 lead into the break in what was otherwise a tightly contested period.

The Lumberjacks scored the first six points of the second half, and it was no contest the rest of the way. Dixon’s three-pointer at 13:10 and Gaellan Bewernic’s layup 40 seconds later put Northern Arizona ahead 60-35, and the Lumberjacks cruised to their third straight Big Sky victory.

Ako Kaluna and Aaseem Dixon scored 15 points apiece for Northern Arizona.

Eastern Washington (7-9, 2-3) managed a paltry 30 percent shooting from the field and was only 4 of 23 from three-point range. Tyler Harvey led the Eagles with 25 points. Venky Jois scored 14 and grabbed 13 boards.

Top 5 women

No. 2 Notre Dame 109, at Pittsburgh 66

Kayla McBride and Jewell Loyd scored 20 points apiece to lead Notre Dame over Pittsburgh.

The Fighting Irish (16-0, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) had five players score in double figures. Natalie Achonwa had 14 points, reserve Michaela Mabrey scored 13 and Taya Reimer had 10.

Brianna Kiesel led the Panthers with 20 points on 5-of-12 shooting. The junior guard made all eight of her free-throw attempts and converted 2 of 3 attempts from beyond the arc.

Marquel Davis had 10 points for Pitt (9-9, 1-3).

At No. 3 Duke 90, Virginia 55

Tricia Liston scored 21 points and tied her career high with 12 rebounds, leading Duke over Virginia.

The Blue Devils had five players score in double figures in their first game since Chelsea Gray broke her right kneecap Sunday against Boston College, sidelining the senior guard for the rest of the season. Gray dislocated the same kneecap last season, keeping her out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments.

Elizabeth Williams had 17 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for Duke (17-1, 4-0 ACC), which beat Virginia for the 21st straight time.

Richa Jackson finished with 16 points, freshman Oderah Chidom had 11 and Alexis Jones scored 10.

Faith Randolph and Lexie Gerson had 13 points apiece for Virginia (8-9, 1-3), coached by Duke alumna and former Blue Devils assistant Joanne Boyle.




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