February 7, 2008

Five Score In Double Figures To Help Men's Basketball To Victory

Feb. 7, 2008

Final Stats

POCATELLO, Idaho - The University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team picked up its first Big Sky Conference road win of the season with a 76-66 decision at Idaho State. The Bears improve to 10-13 on the year and 4-7 in conference play, while the Bengals fall to 9-14 overall and 6-4 in league action.

 

For the second straight game, five players scored in double figures for the Bears, as senior guard Sean Taibi came off the bench to lead the team with 16 points in just nine minutes, while sophomore guard Will Figures also came off the bench to add 14 points. Junior forward Jabril Banks scored 13, freshman forward Taylor Montgomery chipped in 12 and sophomore forward Jefferson Mason added 11, had a game-high eight rebounds and led the team with four assists and three steals.

 

Three Bears were also perfect from the free throw line in the contest as Figures was 8-for-8, Mason was 7-for-7 and Taibi was 6-for-6 as the team went 24-for-29 (.828).

 

Idaho State was led by Donnie Carson with 20 points, while Amorrow Morgan scored 11 and Lucas Steijn chipped in 10. Logan Kinghorn led the Bengals with five rebounds, while leading scoring Matt Stucki was held to three points, but did have a game-high seven assists. Austin Kilpatrick also notched four blocks and Demetrius Monroe tallied two steals.

 

Idaho State out-rebounded Northern Colorado, 30-29 but the Bengals committed 14 turnovers compared to 12 for the Bears. NC shots .469 from the field, .400 from three-point range and .828 from the free throw line, while ISU shot .412 from the floor, .333 from beyond the arc and .783 from the charity stripe.

 

Northern Colorado will now head to Ogden for the second game of the season against Weber State. Earlier this year, the Bears won 55-52 against the Wildcats at Butler-Hancock. Game time Saturday is set for 7:05 p.m.