February 9, 2008

Men's Basketball Struggles At Weber State

Feb. 9, 2008

Final Stats

OGDEN, Utah - The University of Northern Colorado men's basketball never seemed to get in an offensive rhythm at Weber State University, dropping a 70-54 decision Saturday evening. Weber State improves to 12-10 on the year and 7-3 in Big Sky Conference play, while the Bears fall to 10-14 overall and 4-8 in league action.


Junior forward Jabril Banks was the only player to score in double figures for the Bears, scoring 12 and leading the way with eight rebounds. Senior guard Terry Anderson led the team with three assists and the Bears had three different players with one steal each.


Weber State was led by Dezmon Harris with 21 points, while forward Arturas Valeika had 16 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots. Kellen McCoy came off the bench to add 12 points with a 7-for-7 night from the free throw line. Daviin Davis led the game with five assists, while Harris had a game-high four steals.


"We were beat in every phase of the game tonight," said Head Coach Tad Boyle. "We turned the ball over 17 times, there's nothing good that can come out of this game. I've never been around a group of guys I can be so proud of one night and so disappointed in the next night. Nobody really played well tonight; there was no fight in us."


Northern Colorado shot .339 from the field, .286 from the three-point line and just .533 (8-15) from the free throw line. They had eight assists, 17 turnovers, no blocked shots and three steals. Weber State shot .400 from the floor, .467 from the arc and .818 (27-33) from the charity stripe. The Wildcats tallied 12 assists, 19 turnovers, five blocks and 10 steals.


The score was tied twice during the game and there were eight lead changes, but the Bears were outscored 42-28 in the second half after trailing by just two at the break, 28-26.


The Bears step out of Big Sky Conference play to face Johnson + Wales for the second time this year, hosting the team on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. They host Portland State on Feb. 20 in the next league contest.