January 1, 2006

Northwestern Too Much For Bears, as Northern Colorado Falls 82-47

Jan. 1, 2006

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EVANSTON, Ill. - Northwestern shot 72 percent from the field in the first half in opening a 26-point halftime lead and went on to defeat the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team 82-47 at Welsh-Ryan Arena on New Year's Day.

Northern Colorado (1-15) allowed the most points to an opponent in the opening half all season, as they committed 12 first half turnovers. The Bears had 25 turnovers for the game, which Northwestern (7-3) converted into 33 points.

The Wildcats led by as many as 43 points in the second half before the Bears trimmed into the final margin. Vedran Vukusic had 22 points to lead Northwestern.

Junior Matt Kline dished out 10 assists, which equaled his career-high, and in doing so moved into 10th place in school history in career assists (215). Kline is averaging 8.7 assists/game in his last three games.

Sean Taibi struggled from long range, but scored by going to the basket, netting a team-high 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting from inside the arc. Juniors' Dwayne Birden and Cory Lowe each had nine points and nine rebounds. The rebounding totals were career-highs for both.

Northern Colorado returns to action on Tuesday night when they battle Nebraska (9-3) in Lincoln. Gametime is set for 6 p.m. MT and the broadcast can be heard on the Bears Radio Network beginning on a delayed basis at 7 p.m.

Northern Colorado's Chris Gebhardt (5) attempts to make a pass as he dives for a loose ball as Northwestern's Tim Doyle, back, defends during the second half of a college basketball game in Evanston, Ill., Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006. Northwestern won 82-47. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)