January 19, 2008

Men's Basketball Falls In Overtime For Second Straight Time

Jan. 19, 2008

Final Stats

PORTLAND, Ore. - For the second straight game, the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team had to play an extra period, unfortunately with the same results as the Bears fell 85-83 to Portland State. Northern Colorado falls to 8-10 on the year and 2-4 in Big Sky Conference play, while the Vikings improve to 11-8 and 4-2 in league action.


Senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos, coming off the bench for the first time all year, posted a career-high 22 points to lead the Bears. He also had two assists and led the game with four steals, tying his career high. Sophomore forward Jefferson Mason chipped in 17 points, including a 10-for-10 performance from the free throw line and tied for the team lead with six rebounds. Freshman guard Devon Beitzel scored in double figures for the third straight game with his 12 and junior forward Jabril Banks was the other player with six boards.


"This was definitely a game of runs," said Head Coach Tad Boyle. "We didn't get one at the end when we needed it. Jeremiah Dominguez took control down the end for them. I'm really proud of our guys though, this was a totally different feeling after today's game rather than Thursday night. I knew we could get back in the game (after being down 15 in the first half). We've got to get out of those lapses, and I think it's happening mostly on the defensive end of the floor."


Portland State was led by center Scott Morrison with 23 points, while Dominguez scored 22 and Andre Murray added 20 points and 10 rebounds. Both Murray and Dominguez had five assists and Dominguez led the team with three steals.


"The thing that was different tonight was we weren't playing scared down the stretch. To me that's progress after losing an overtime game and to get after it like they did tonight, I know this team is going to be fine."


The Bears trailed by 15 with 5:51 left in the first half, but battled back to force overtime. For the second straight game the NC opposition hit for 10-of-12 from the free throw line in the overtime period, as Portland State outscored them 17-15 for the 85-83 win.


Northern Colorado returns home to host Montana State on Thursday and Montana on Saturday. Both games are scheduled for 7:05 p.m.