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NAU falls to South Florida, drops third straight

Northern Arizona head coach Jack Murphy in the first half during an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

TAMPA, Fla. — Payton Banks made five 3-pointers and scored 23 points and Stephan Jiggetts added 17 points and eight assists as South Florida beat Northern Arizona 70-56 on Monday night.

Banks, who made half his team’s 3s, went on his own 11-4 run in the last three minutes of the first half with three 3-pointers and a layup to send South Florida to the break with a 33-23 lead.

The Lumberjacks closed the deficit to three after intermission with a 3-pointer from JoJo Anderson and layups from Brooks Debisschop and Karl Harris as the Bulls failed to score until almost four minutes into the second half when Nikola Scekic made a pair of free throws.

NAU (2-10) then went scoreless and Jiggetts added a layup, Isaiah Manderson made a pair of free throws and Banks added a 3 for 42-30 lead. The Lumberjacks never got closer than six the rest of the way.

Debisschop posted career-highs to lead the Lumberjacks with 13 points and 13 rebounds and Anderson added 10 points.

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