Men's Basketball Wins Big Sky Conference Opener
Dec. 28, 2007
Senior guard Sean Taibi exploded off the bench for a season-high 24 points on six three-pointers, while junior forward Jabril Banks scored 16 points and shocked many in the stands by making his first three-point attempt of the year and he led the club with eight rebounds. He also was 7-for-8 from the free throw line - helping the team to a .938 percentage from the charity stripe (15-for-16). Freshman forward Neal Kingman and sophomore forward Jefferson Mason also both came off the bench tonight to contribute 11 points and grab four rebounds. Both junior guard Robert Palacios and senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos led the game with four assists.
Northern Colorado out-rebounded
"That was the Sean we all know and love," said Head Coach Tad Boyle. "I'm so happy for him and the guys in the locker room were so happy for him after the game too. It's never easy to be out for two to three weeks and come back."
In the second half, Banks and Taibi combined for 30 points as the team shot .533 from the floor (16-30) and hit .667 (8-12) from the three-point line. They were also a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. The Hornets also shot better in the second stanza, .440 from the field (11-25) and .545 from the three-point line (6-11), but it was not enough.
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