January 11, 2006
Denver Post Game Notes
Jan. 11, 2006
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With the 79-73 loss, Northern Colorado falls to 2-17 on the season, while Denver improves to 9-6. Northern Colorado is 2-3 since the Christmas Break; Denver has won four in a row.
Denver now leads the all-time series 70-40. They have won 12 of the last 13 in the series; UNC last won on Dec. 11, 1993 in Greeley.
The Bears made a big improvement over last years game, when they trailed by 20 at the half before losing to 19 at home vs. the Pioneers.
UNC and DU will meet one more time this season, on Feb. 15 in Denver in a game that will be broadcast on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain.
The Bears used a starting lineup of Matt Kline, Sean Taibi, Erik Olson, Dwayne Birden and Kirk Archibeque for the sixth time this season and second consecutive game.
Denver used a 10-0 run late in the first half, to turn a 26-20 deficit into a 30-26 advantage.
In the first half, DU outscored the Bears 26-12 in the paint and 10-3 in points off turnovers (the Bears committed five first half miscues).
Archibeque had 13 first half points, eclipsing the 10 points he had the entire game last season against Denver.
Denver used a 4-0 run out of halftime to built its largest lead of the game at 45-37 with 19:05 to play in the game. But the Bears used a 8-0 run, keyed by four points from Archibeque, to tie the game at 45. Following a Taibi jumper with 15:24 to play, the Bears led by three. But Antonio Porch scored at the 13:23 mark to give the Pioneers a 54-52 lead, and they would not trail again.
DU would lead by as many as six points the rest of the way. UNC cut the lead to 70-68 on a jumper by Archibeque with 2:47 to play, but they could get no closer.
The All-American candidate Nicholson led all scorers with 33 points and 14 rebounds in 39 minutes of action. He had 10 rebounds in the second half. DaShawn Walker (14) and Andrew Carpenter (11) also scored in double figures for Denver.
Archibeque had a season-high 27 points (12-of-18 shooting) to lead Northern Colorado. He scored 20 in his last game, marking the second time in his career he had back-to-back 20-point games.
Taibi added a season-high 24 points, hitting 7-of-14 shots and 4-of-8 3-pointers. He increased his 3-point total to 48 on the season (tops on the team and among independent players) and has hit a 3-pointer in every game this season. He is 11th nationally in 3-pointers made. Taibi has 13 multiple 3-point games this season (out of 19 total games).
With Archibeque and Taibi both hitting the 20-point plateau, it marked the first time the Bears had that happen in the same game since Archibeque and Erik Olson each scored 20-plus in a win over Longwood on Jan. 10 of last season.
Kline dished out nine assists, pushing his career total to 230, moving him into eighth place on the Bears career assist list. He has had seven or more assists in four of his last seven games.
After hitting only 31% from the field in his last 11 games, Birden snapped out of a shooting slump by hitting on 4-of-7 shots and scoring eight points. He also grabbed eight rebounds, the third time in his last four games he has had eight or more caroms.
Northern Colorado matched its season low with 10 turnovers (also done against Eastern Michigan). The Bears have had 15 or fewer turnovers in four of its last five games (after not having fewer than 15 in the first 14 games of the season).
The Bears hit 11-of-13 (84.6%) from the free throw line, the second straight game they have shot well from the charity stripe. The Bears hit 75% of their attempts on Monday night against UC-Colorado Springs. Prior to the UCCS game, they hit 65% or lower from the free throw line in 7 of its prior 8 games.
UNC hit 52.8% from the field for the game, the second straight game they have hit 50% or better. That is the first time they have accomplished that feat this season.