December 6, 2007

Men's Basketball Needs An Extra Five Minutes To Win Fourth Straight

Dec. 6, 2007

Final Stats

Greeley, COLO. - The University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team needed an extra five minutes on the clock tonight to defeat Bowling Green State, 64-60 in front of 1,361 at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The Bears move to 5-2 on the year, while the Falcons fall to 4-4.


The Bears trailed by as many as eight with 6:08 remaining the contest, but clawed their way back into it an tied that game at 53 all with 0:43 left on a three-pointer by sophomore forward Jefferson Mason.


Junior forward Jabril Banks said of the shot, "When he shot it, it was like one of those dramatic movie moments."


Neither team could score in the final 43 seconds, forcing the overtime. The Bears scored first, on a putback by Banks and they never trailed in the final five minutes.


"The sign of a good team is when you can not play well and still win games like these," said Head Coach Tad Boyle. "They won tonight despite their coach. I didn't have a great plan. We sputtered offensively all night, but it didn't have an effect on the other end of the floor. Our defense stayed strong."


Banks put up his first double-double at Northern Colorado, leading the team in both scoring with 15 and rebounding with 11. Mason and senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos each scored 12 and senior guard Will Figures came off the bench to score 12. Mason and freshman forward each had four assists, while Mason also led the team with two blocked shots and three steals.


The Bears shot 35 percent from the field and just 28.6 from beyond the arc and out-rebounded the Falcons 39-38, holding them to just eight offensive rebounds.


The Falcons were led by guard Ryne Hamblet with 23 points, while freshman guard Joe Jakubowski came off the bench to score 11 and forward Nate Miller added 10. Forward Chris Knight led the team with 10 rebounds. Hamblet also led the team with five assists and Miller had a game-high four steals.


The Bears led by one after the first 20 minutes, 27-26 and the scores were juxtaposed in the second half with the Falcons outscoring NC 27-26 to force the overtime.


Northern Colorado will face Denver for the second time this season, this time at Magness Arena, on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. The game will be televised by FOX Sports Rocky Mountain. In the first meeting the Bears won 64-46 at Butler-Hancock.