November 18, 2006

Northern Colorado Men's Basketball Drops Home Opener to UCCS

Nov. 18, 2006

Box Score

by Kyle Boyd
Media Relations Student Intern

GREELEY, Colo - The University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team opened its home slate of games with a 96-91 defeat at the hands of the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs Mountain Lions Friday in the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

With the Bears, it "starts in the first half with the confidence, setting the tone and getting in guys faces," head coach Tad Boyle said after the defeat.

Northern Colorado got off to a slow start and that turned out to be the difference in what became a shoot-out.

After trailing by as many as 13 points with just over 10 minutes to play, the Bears cut the Mountain Lions' lead to three with 14 seconds left on a 3- pointer by Sean Taibi. The Bears were forced to foul and Patrick Hannaway made a pair of free throws to seal the win for UCCS. He finished with a game-high 28 points.

The Bears came out in the second half displaying a newfound enthusiasm. Running their offense more efficiently, they outscored the Mountain Lions 51-45 after the break. The Bears offensive explosion in the second half was led by Terry Anderson and Dwayne Birden, with each player scoring nine points. Matt Kline added six.

Boyle said the team had made progress on the offensive end of the floor, but went on to say that mistakes on the defensive end piled up and the Bears ended up paying for it at the end.

Defensively the Bears were led by Kirk Archibeque with two blocks and Anderson with two steals.

Taibi led all Bears in scoring with 19 points and four assists.

Northern Colorado will be back in action Sunday November 19 against the University of Denver Pioneers. Tip off is set for 2:05 p.m. The game will be broadcast on the Bears radio network 1310 AM KFKA and Fox Sports Rocky Mountain.