Rally Falls Short in 61-60 Loss to Weber State
Dec. 29, 2006
GREELEY, Colo. - The Northern Colorado men's basketball team played its first ever Big Sky Conference game Thursday night against Weber State, and proved they belonged with a huge second-half rally.
After trailing by six points at the break, 34-28, the Bears found themselves down by 17 points just under six minutes into the second half, but battled back to tie the game with 1:32 left on a Kirk Archibeque lay-up.
Unfortunately, after a David Patton free throw gave the Wildcats the lead with 15 seconds left, a short Archibeque jumper missed as time expired, giving Weber State (8-6) a 61-60 victory.
"I was so proud of our guys tonight," said Northern Colorado head coach Tad Boyle, whose team falls to 2-11 on the season.
Being a new team in the conference, "we don't get the respect that we deserve, but we have to earn that."
The Bears were anchored by big games from Archibeque and Dwayne Birden. Archibeque finished with a team best 18 points and nine rebounds, while Birden finished with 17 and 8, respectively.
Poor three-point shooting doomed the Bears, who were 0-for-12 from behind the arc, marking the first time the team failed to hit a 3-pointer this season.
Patton led all scorers with 21 points.
Northern Colorado will play their second game of a five-game home stand Saturday evening, when they host Sacramento State. Tip-off is 7:05 p.m.