February 25, 2007

Taibi's 18 Points Not Enough to Help Bears Earn Win at Montana

Feb. 25, 2007

Box Score

MISSOULA, Mont. - The University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team had a seven-point halftime lead, but lost its collective shooting touch in the second half and fell to the University of Montana on Saturday night, 85-64.

Sean Taibi scored 11 of his team-high 18 points in the first half as the Bears (4-23, 2-13 Big Sky) jumped out to a 39-32 lead on the strength of a 50 percent shooting half (15 of 30). Taibi was a perfect 3 for 3 from 3-point range in the half.

The Grizzlies (15-14, 9-6) got back into the game with a 20-4 run starting at the 15:46, which ended with them up 55-45.

After the Bears trimmed the deficit down to seven points with just under ten minutes left on a Taibi 3-pointer, Montana opened the game up with a 10-0 run to go up by 19 points at 71-52.

Northern Colorado's shooting percentage dipped to 29.6 percent (8 for 27) after the break while Montana connected on over 50 percent of its shots.

Kirk Archibeque just missed a double-double for the Bears with nine points and eight boards, while Will Figures added nine points.

Northern Colorado closes out its season with a Tuesday game against the University of Northern Arizona, starting at 6:35 p.m.