Notebook: Shooting past the old mark
While the rest of the NAU men’s basketball team was struggling to find a rhythm, senior guard Eric Platt worked on setting a new career high. Finding his spots on the floor like a true veteran, Platt was able to torch Southwestern College (Ariz.) from behind the arc to finish the game with a career-high 28 points. Platt was able to eclipse his career-high of 26 points, which he set against the same team in last season’s opener. Losing his defenders in transition, Platt was able to shoot 58 percent from the field and 66 percent (8-12) from three.
“I feel that my job on the team is to create for others,” Platt said. “But my teammates were getting me the ball, and I was able to make open shots.”
Platt led NAU on a 19-0 run early in the second half to push the lead to an unreachable margin, scoring 20 of his 28 points in the second half.
Lighter than usual?
The basketball team showcased new uniforms for the season opener. The new Adidas uniforms are made with a lighter material and were designed to feel quicker for the players.
“I actually really like them — they are really light,” said senior guard Cameron Jones. “I just wish we had blue ones for the away games.”
Southwestern College’s starting guard Joshua Cole is very familiar with the Rolle Activity Center in his own right. Once a student at NAU, Cole found himself working out with the NAU basketball team during his time on campus, participating in open gyms and team workouts.
Cole Transferred to Southwestern after his freshman year and found himself at his old stomping grounds. Cole shot 1-5 from the field and finished with two points, one assist and one turnover in 15 minutes of play.
No More Students!
Due to renovations to the Walkup Skydome after the football season ends, NAU’s athletic department has decided to host all basketball games in the Rolle Activity Center this season. With limited room, only 200 students were allowed into the game; the rest were turned down student section seating but were offered the option of buying tickets.
Regulations and seat numbers at Rolle Activity Center, as of Friday night, do not seem to be changing anytime soon. It is recommended students get to the games early to secure a seat.