LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- Nathan Geiser scored 23 points, 21 from 3-point shots, to lead Northern Arizona to a 68-56 win over Furman in the first round of the Gossner Foods Holiday Classic on Thursday.
Furman stayed close to the Lumberjacks as the second half started, then Northern Arizona went on a 10-1 run to take a 48-38 lead with 10:05 to play. The Lumberjacks kept the lead, stretching to as many as 16 points, behind 3-point shooting from Geiser and scrappy play from Wilson, who scored nine in the second half.
The Paladins, who started four freshmen in the game, attempted 22 3-point shots, hitting only seven. Northern Arizona out rebounded the Lumberjacks 40-30.
In the first half, Furman ran out to a quick 7-2 lead but Northern Arizona got back in the game with aggressive defensive pressure. There were six lead changes and five ties in a tight first half, which ended in a 29-27 Furman lead.
Northern Arizona will face the winner of the game between tournament host Utah State and Utah Valley State in the tournament championship game Friday night.