February 20, 2006
With the 79-61 victory, Northern Colorado improved to 5-23 on the season, snapping a two-game losing streak but winning for the third time in its last five games. IPFW fell to 7-18 on the season; they have lost five of their last six games.
The all-time series is now even at 1-1. IPFW won 71-63 a year ago in Fort Wayne, using a 10-2 run to close the game after it was tied at 61 with two minutes to play.
Northern Colorado used a lineup of Matt Kline, Sean Taibi, Erik Olson, Dwayne Birden and Kirk Archibeque for the 13th time this season and 6th consecutive game. The Bears are 4-10 this season when using that combination to start the game.
The game was close early on and went back-and-forth. IPFW led by two at 9-7 and lastly at 19-18 at the 9:44 mark. Michael Gordy tied the game with a free throw with 9:44 to play and Taibi drained his record setting 3-pointer at the 8:24 mark to put the Bears ahead for good.
The Bears ended the half on a 21-6 run (over 9:08) to lead by 16 at the break, 41-25. The Bears had 13 assists on 17 made field goals in the half, while IPFW waw limited to just two helpers. Archibeque's 14 points led the Bears while Tyler Best had nine to lead IPFW.
UNC went up by 23 points with 14:57 to play on a 3-pointer by Kline. They would not look back in coasting to the victory.
Taibi finished the game 7-of-9 from 3-point range, just one made 3-pointer off the school single-game record (the 7 3-pointers matched his career-high). He did increase his season trifecta total to 81, breaking the Bears previous single-season record of 75 held by Sean Nolen (set in the 2002-03 season). His 81 3-pointers on the season ranks 18th nationally. Taibi now has 125 career 3-pointers, the eighth highest total in school history. He needs only 74 more 3-pointers over his final two seasons to break the program mark.
Kline dished out eight assists, increasing his career total to 281, just 17 helpers out of fifth place in school history. Kline increased his career point total to 701, becoming the third person this season (Archibeque and Olson are the others) to reach the 700 career points plateau.
Olson played in his 110 career game, the fifth highest total in school history. He pulled down four rebounds and will need five rebounds on Saturday night to finish his career in the school's top-10 list.
Archibeque, who hit on 8-of-10 shots, scored 17 points, 14 of which came in the first half. He has scored in double figures in 20 games this season. He was one rebound away from his eighth double-double of the year.
The Bears shot a season-high 59.3%, their highest mark since shooting 60.9% against CU-Colorado Springs last season (Feb. 14).
The Bears outrebounded the Mastodons 35-26, marking the seventh consecutive opponent they have outrebounded.
The Bears committed just 10 turnovers, marking the 10th time in their last 13 games they have had 15 or fewer turnovers in a game.
UNC is now 2-2 in the month of February and 3-3 on Monday's this season.
The Bears are 5-1 this season when leading at halftime.
Northern Colorado improved to 2-6 against fellow D-I Independents this season (they also topped Texas-Pan American).
IPFW shot 55.6% (15-of-27) from the field in the second half to finish at 43.9% for the game.
Northern Colorado finished the game with 22 assists (which matched a season-high), compared to just five for the Mastodons.
IPFW Post Game Notes
Feb. 20, 2006