January 30, 2006
With the 86-49 victory, Northern Colorado improves to 3-21 on the season while Texas-Pan American falls to 5-17.
The meeting was the fourth in the all-time series which is now tied at 2-2; each team has won twice on its own home court.
The 37-point victory was the biggest for the Bears since topping UC-Colorado Springs by 43 points (110-67) last season.
The win was the largest over a Division I opponent since beginning the reclassification effort to Division I in 2003 (it had been a 20-point win over Longwood last season). The win was the largest over a Division I team since the NCAA split classifications in the 1970's.
The Bears used a starting lineup of Matt Kline, Sean Taibi, Erik Olson, Dwayne Birden and Kirk Archibeque for the second straight game and ninth time this season; that lineup has been used in two of the Bears three wins this season.
Texas-Pan Am led 4-0 at the 18:17 mark of the first half. The Bears took the lead on a 3-pointer by Kline at 17:31 and would trail only once again (8-6). Taibi hit a jumper at 14:34 to put the Bears on top for good.
Birden hit a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in the first half to give the Bears a 12-point lead, its largest of the game to that point. It marked only the fourth time this season the Bears had led at the half (the Bears are now 3-1 this year when leading at the break).
Birden had 12 points (his final game total as well) at the break to lead UNC. Colin Lien also had 12 points for UTPA.
Northern Colorado used a 14-1 run to open the second half in building a 58-33 lead with 16:33 remaining. The Bears led by 30 on a free throw by Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos at 8:09 and would not lead by less than that amount the rest of the night.
UTPA shot only 4-of-24 (16.7%) from the field in the second half and finished the game at 32.7% (it was the first time since the Nebraska game that an opponent shot less than 40% from the field). The 16.7% shooting was the lowest ever by a team for a half at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. UTPA is now 1-11 in road games this season.
Northern Colorado shot 55.6% from the field for the game, its second highest total of the season (trailing only the 57.4% they hit against UC-Colorado Springs).
Northern Colorado held Texas-Pan Am to 49 points, a season-low for an opponent and lowest amount since Great Falls scored only 49 points on Dec. 4, 2004.
The Bears 86 points was its second highest output of the season (trailing only the 90 points they scored vs. UC-Colorado Springs).
The win was the first over a Division I Independent in six tries this season.
Five Bears scored in double figures (Archibeque - 16, Cory Lowe - 15, Olson - 12, Birden - 12 and Kline - 10), the first time the Bears put five players in double figures since Feb. 21, 2004, a victory over Johnson & Wales. In that game it was Vincent Jackson, Michael Frazier, Trei Steward, Kline and Olson who hit double figures.
On his 22nd birthday, Birden scored 12 points (one off his career-high) and grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds. It was his first double-double of the year and marked the third different UNC player (Taibi and Archibeque are the others) to have a double-double this season. Birden has scored 10 or more points in three straight games.
Lowe scored 15 points, one off his career-high. He hit on 7-of-11 shots, grabbed seven boards and did not commit and turnover in 21 minutes. It marked his third double-figure scoring game of the season and first since the Eastern Michigan game (Dec. 30), which was also a UNC victory.
Taibi hit 1-of-4 3-pointers in 22 minutes of play, extending his streak of hitting at least one 3-pointer in every game this season. He now has 63 trifectas on the season, the fourth highest total in school history. He is now 12 3-pointers away from tying the school's single-season record. He scored only seven points, failing to hit double figures for the first time in 10 games. He did cross the 600 career point plateau, as he now has 602 points in his second year with the team.
Chris Gebhardt scored a season-high four points, pushing his career point total to 101. He also grabbed a season-high five rebounds.
Every UNC player in uniform scored at least one point, the second time this season that has happened (UCCS was the other).
Olson hit on 5-of-6 shots and scored 12 points in 24 minutes. He grabbed six rebounds and now has 552 career rebounds, 21 out of 10th place in school history. E.O. played in his 106th career game, the eighth highest total in school history.
Besides his 10 points, Kline dished out six assists, increasing his career total to 254, moving him into seventh place on the UNC career list (passing Scott Watson's total of 251).
Northern Colorado is now 2-3 on Monday's this season and 2-7 in the month of January. They are 2-0 when scoring 80 or more points.
The Bears had a season-high 49 rebounds and the most caroms since registering 49 against Regis on 1/14/04. The Bears held a +25 margin in rebounds, the most since outrebounding Johnson & Wales by 27 on 2/21/04.
Northern Colorado committed just 12 turnovers, the third straight game they have had 12 or fewer turnovers and fourth time in their last six games they have accomplished that feat.
Texas-Pan American Post Game Notes
Jan. 30, 2006