The NAU men’s basketball team battled Big West Conference favorite UC-Santa Barbara and came away with the upset win, 63-54 Friday night at the Rolle Activity Center. Jalen Cone led the Jacks with 17 points and Carson Towt had ten points and eight rebounds in the win. Towt had to battle the Gaucho’s Andre Kelly, who came into the game as the nation’s second-leading rebounder at 14.5 rebounds a game. The Jacks held Kelly to four points and seven rebounds. Cone says the attention to defense got them the win saying “in the past we let our offense dictate our defense, but tonight we put the defense first and we locked up, even when we had some scoring droughts, we just kept defending, kept defending and believing in one another. The Jacks are 2-3 on the season with a huge test coming up Monday as they take on the Texas Longhorns, in Edinburg, Texas. We’ll have the game starting with the tipoff at 6:30 on The Legend 93.5/AM 930.