November 21, 2006

Men's Basketball Gets Coach Boyle Career Win Number One

Nov. 21, 2006

Box Score

GREELEY, Colo. - With an impressive offensive showing, the University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team gave head coach Tad Boyle his first career win, an 89-68 decision over Colorado Christian University Tuesday evening at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

Four Northern Colorado (1-4) players scored in double-digits, including Kirk Archibeque's 10 at the half, as the Bears pulled away by as many as 19 points before settling for a 42-26 lead at the break.

"I really liked our energy level tonight," said Boyle. "Now we've just got to play smarter and not break down."

The Bears continued their strong play into the second half, twice grabbing a lead of 25 points, first with 11:32 left at 64-39 and again at 84-59 (2:59). They finished the game with a season-high 60 percent field goal percentage.

"We made tremendous strides tonight, shooting 60 percent." But "we're going to have to be tougher physically than we were tonight."

Boyle was humble after his first victory, deferring the credit to his players.

"It's not about me, it's about the players and this program," said Boyle. "I'm focused on us, and how we're executing on the floor." But "I'd rather learn from a win than from loss."

The Bears had lost their last two meetings with the Cougars (1-2).

Dwayne Birden led the Bears with a team-high 14 points, while Sean Taibi (11), Archibeque (12) and Jefferson Mason (10) also contributed to the team's offensive spike.

Northern Colorado will host Oregon State Friday, looking to avenge last season's 70-52 defeat in Corvallis. Tip-off is at 2 p.m.