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Northern Arizona's Ako Kaluna (11) prepares to take a shot while defended by Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski (24) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Spokane, Wash. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)
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Ako Kaluna leads NAU hoops past Idaho State

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Ako Kaluna scored 17 points with nine rebounds and Northern Arizona built a big second half lead and cruised past Idaho State 81-68 on Thursday night.

Kaluna was 6 of 8 from the field as the Lumberjacks (5-20, 3-11 Big Sky) shot over 47 percent. Torry Johnson scored 16 points, Kris Yanku had 14 points with nine assists and Marcus DeBerry added 10 points.

Kaluna hit a 3-pointer midway through the first half to give Northern Arizona a lead it never relinquished. Idaho State got as close as five with 12:48 left after a Geno Luzcando free throw, but the Lumberjacks pushed their lead back to 16 on Johnson’s dunk with 7:45 to go and the Bengals never caught up.

Luzcando led Idaho State (13-12, 8-5) with 23 points. Ethan Telfair scored 12 points despite shooting 2 of 11.

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