February 21, 2007

Figures Shines in Loss to Montana State

Feb. 22, 2007

Box Score

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Will Figures tied a team season-high with 29 points for the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team, but it wasn't enough to overcome matching 24-point nights from a pair of Montana State University players in an 89-66 Big Sky Conference loss.

Figures was a huge bright spot for the Bears (4-22, 2-12) in the loss. The freshman point guard connected on 11 of 16 shots from the field, including 7 of 10 from 3-point range. He nearly doubled his previous season high of 15 points, set January 6 against Portland State.

Led by Figures, the Bears connected on 44 percent of their 3-pointers. Montana State (11-16, 8-6) was also hot from behind the arc, connecting on 47 percent of their 3's.

The Bears were doomed by a poor-shooting first half coupled with a white-hot half from the Bobcats, who hit 17 of 25 shots (68 percent) - compared to 9 of 27 (33 percent) for Northern Colorado - to take a 49-25 lead into the locker room.

After going down 66-31 in the second half, the Bears found their shooting touch. Led by Figures, who scored 14 of his points in a six-minute span starting at the 11:03 mark, the Bears shaved as many as 14 points off the lead, but the damage from the first half was too great to overcome.

Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos was the Bears' second-leading scorer with seven points, and he added four assists. Darren Moore led the team with five assists, while Dwayne Birden had a team-high six rebounds.

Carson Durr and Nick Dissly led the Bobcats with 24 points each.

The Bears travel to Montana for a Saturday, 7 p.m. tip-off with the Grizzlies.