December 30, 2010

Bears eye first-ever 2-0 Big Sky start in snowy Cheney

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CHENEY, Wash. -- Northern Colorado basketball made a few proclamations last year, and the Bears have a chance to make another statement Friday night at Eastern Washington.

Northern Colorado (5-7, 1-0 Big Sky) can get off to its first 2-0 start in the Big Sky with a win and do something -- win at Portland State and Eastern Washington -- that its never done and only two other Big Sky teams have over the last three seasons.

The Eagles (4-8, 1-0) come into the game after earning a 88-79 overtime victory against Sacramento State on Wednesday night.


  • Game 13: Northern Colorado (5-7; 1-6 away) at Eastern Washington (4-8; 4-2 at home)
  • When: 3:05 p.m. (PT) Friday, Dec. 31    
  • Where: Reese Court (6,000)
  • Coaches: Northern Colorado's B.J. Hill (5-7 overall) takes on Eastern Washington's Kirk Earlywine (33-58 at East. Wash.; 54-66 overall)
  • All-time series: The Bears trail 4-5 in nine meetings, with the series starting in 1971-72. NC won in Cheney last year and is 1-3 at EWU.
  • TV: None    
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  • Northern Colorado would get off to a 2-0 start in Big Sky Conference play for the first time its five-year league history and sweep its annual Pacific Northwest road trip to Portland State and Eastern Washington for the first time in program history.
  • The Bears would become just the third Big Sky team in the last three seasons to defeat Portland State and Eastern Washington on the road in the same year. Northern Arizona pulled the trick last season and Weber State did the same two seasons ago.
  • Northern Colorado would even its all-time mark against Eastern Washington at 5-5 and defeat the Eagles for the third straight year and for the fifth time in the last six meetings between the schools.
  • The Bears would continue a trend that has seen them win games in pairs this season. Northern Colorado won its first two games of the year and then defeated Bethune-Cookman and Black Hills State in back-to-back games at the end of November and beginning of December.
  • Northern Colorado would end a long road stretch on a high note before finally getting into the meat of its 2010-11 home schedule. The Bears, who play four of their next five games at home, have played regular-season games just three times in Greeley this year. They are one off 44 teams across the NCAA to have played three or fewer home games this season.