January 14, 2006

Bears Fall Short Despite Archibeque's Career-High 30 Points

Jan. 14, 2006

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EDINBURG, Texas - Sophomore Kirk Archibeque matched his career-high of 30 points by hitting on 12-of-13 field goal attempts but the rest of the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team was cold, as the Bears fell 74-63 at fellow Division I Independent Texas-Pan American on Saturday afternoon.

The Bears (2-18) started strong, hitting its first 3-point attempt of the game and eventually leading 7-2. But following their first 3-point attempt and make, the Bears missed their next 12 trifecta attempts, not connecting again until Sean Taibi knocked down one with 8:30 to play in the game.

Although Northern Colorado improved its shooting in the second half (48.4%), its 36 percent field goal shooting from the field in the opening half put them in a five-point halftime deficit. Texas-Pan American (4-13), on the other hand, shot 50 percent or better in each half, and finished the game hitting 54.7 percent, the seventh time this season a UNC opponent shot 50 percent or better from the field.

UTPA led by as many as 13 points in the second half, a margin that was fueled by a 7-0 run midway through the period and punctuated by a 3-pointer by Dexter Shankle. The Bears would get as close as eight points down the stretch but could get no closer.

The loss was the 13th consecutive on the road for Northern Colorado.

"We just were not on track all day," said Northern Colorado head coach Craig Rasmuson. "We just did not to seem to have energy, and that is something we addressed at each timeout today."

Archibeque hit on 7-of-7 field goal attempts in the second half. He has scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games and has 15 double-figure scoring games this season. Taibi added 13, hitting

Kano Edwards led the home team in scoring, while Colin Lien added 18 and nine rebounds.

Texas-Pan American now leads the all-time series 2-1, having won both games on their own home court. The Bears and Broncs will have the re-match in 16 days (Jan. 30) in Greeley.

Northern Colorado completes its two game Texas swing with a Monday night match-up at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11-6). Game time is set for 6 p.m. MT.