Men's Basketball Closes Out First Big Sky Season with Loss at NAU
Feb. 27, 2007
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Despite getting one of its most balanced scoring efforts of the season, the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team was unable to earn a season sweep of Northern Arizona, falling to the Lumberjacks 89-77 on Tuesday evening to close out its first season as a member of the Big Sky Conference.
Will Figures added 13 points and Sean Taibi had 10, with each hitting 2-of-4 from 3-point range, marking just the fifth time this season that at least four Northern Colorado players hit for double figures.
The Bears shot well in the first half, hitting 12-of-29 (41.4 percent) from the field, though just 1-of-7 (14.3) from behind the arc, but Northern Arizona (17-10, 11-5) led by as many as 15 points before settling for a 47-36 lead at the half.
After the break, the Bears started to whittle away at NAU's lead, eventually cutting the deficit to just one point at 70-69 on a Dwayne Birden 3-pointer at the 6:16 mark, but the Lumberjacks went on a 14-3 run to maintain their lead and lock up the win, and a share of the Big Sky regular-season crown.
Stephan Sir led Northern Arizona with 22 points.