December 21, 2006

Men's Basketball Drops Road Game to Eastern Michigan, 71-61

Dec. 21, 2006

Box Score

YPSILANTI, Mich. - The Northern Colorado men's basketball team led by as many as five points in the second half, but were unable to make the lead stick, losing 71-61 to the University of Eastern Michigan Thursday evening.

The Bears (2-10) led for the first six minutes of the game, but the Eagles (2-7) soon warmed up and went on 13-3 run over the next six minutes to take a 18-13 lead. Although Northern Colorado would battle back to tie the score, EMU would take a four-point lead (34-30) into the locker room.

The Bears opened the second half on a tear, with Matt Kline scoring five early points to help his team on a 10-2 run that put them back in front, 40-36.

With the score tied at 42-42 three minutes later, the Falcons' Jesse Bunkley caught fire, hitting the first of three consecutive 3-pointers to put his team up 51-42. They would not trail again.

EWU would stretch their lead to as many as 11 points, while Northern Colorado never got back within seven.

Northern Colorado was outrebounded 41-28 - their second largest deficit of the season - and managed to shoot just over 37 percent on the afternoon.

Sean Taibi led the Bears in scoring and rebounding with 14 and six, while Kirk Archibeque added 12 points.

Because of the winter storm that blanketed Northern Colorado with heavy snowfall, the Bears' game against Air Force has been postponed. As of now, there is no make up date set. The Bears will now begin a five-game home stand with their first-ever Big Sky Conference game. They will square off against Weber State on Thursday, December 28 at 7:05 p.m.