Men's Basketball Hosts Final Non-Conference Game
Feb. 11, 2008
Tuesday, Feb. 12 •
The Series................................................... JW
Overall Record.......................................... 2-0
At Opponent.............................................. 0-0
At Neutral Sites.......................................... 0-0
Last Meeting.......................................... Nov. 27
Boyle vs................................................... 2-0
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Big Sky............................................. bigskytv.org
Northern Colorado steps out of Big Sky Conference play for the final time this season, hosting Johnson+
This will be the third-ever meeting and the second this season between Johnson+
The Bears split Big Sky games on the road last week, picking up the first road win of the year in conference play with a 76-66 victory over
Take Two, They're Free
Sophomore forward Jefferson Mason has stepped up his performance at the free throw line over the last seven games. In five of those seven games, he has been perfect from the charity stripe, starting the streak with a 10-for-10 showing at
Double Digit Victories
For the first time since 2002-03,
In the win over
He's Smart Too!
Senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos was recently named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII First Team. His season on the court might be over due to a knee injury, but his name will now be forwarded to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors. Panagiotakopoulos is a business administration/finance management double major.
Each One Is A Record
Senior guard Sean Taibi entered the 2007-08 season already owning the
An Even Half Dozen
Junior forward Jabril Banks has now scored 10 or more points in six straight games, his longest streak of the season. Banks leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 per game, which also ranks him seventh in the Big Sky Conference. That streak is tied for the longest active streak in the Big Sky Conference with Jeremiah Dominguez and Scott Morrison of
Of the 120 possible starts this season (24 games, 5 positions) only 30 have been by members of the senior class. Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos led the way with 19 starting nods before his injury, while Terry Anderson and Sean Taibi have each started in five and Kirk Archibeque in one. The junior class has 47 starts, sophomores have started 18 times and freshmen have 25.
For the fourth time this season, five players scored in double figures in the Bears win over
A Part of History
For the first time all season, more than two road teams won on the same night in conference play last Thursday.
The Secret Of Success
The win against
In 13 of the 24 games this season,
Turning Up The Heat
With the injury to senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos, senior guard Terry Anderson has stepped up for the Bears. He has scored 24 points in the last four games after scoring just 16 points in the previous 13 contests. Against
Stepping Up To The Line
Against non-conference opponents,
Read All About It
Junior forward Jabril Banks is this week's featured student-athlete on the Big Sky Conference website. Check out the transcript of his interview at www.bigskyconf.com.
Injury Plagued Class
Senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos got bitten by the same bug as his fellow fourth-year seniors, the injury bug. Panagiotakopoulos injured his knee in the game against
Thank You Fans
Six And Twenty
For the sixth time this season, a Bear scored at least 20 points in a game when senior guard Sean Taibi poured in 26 against
Making Them Count
Sophomore forward Jefferson Mason tied a school record by hitting all 10 of his free throws at Portland State, which is also the second best in the Big Sky this season (two others have made all of their attempts, but went 9-9 and Huff went 17-17 from Portland State).
Several Bears have the top individual performances in the Big Sky this season. Juniors Jabril Banks and Robert Palacios and sophomore Jefferson Mason are tied for the best in the conference shooting 100 percent from the field (minimum five makes), and Banks has done so twice. Sophomore forward Jefferson Mason has the best free throw percentage after making all 10 of his attempts against
Thank You Sir, May I Have Another
Freshman guard Devon Beitzel became the first-ever men's basketball player to be named Big Sky Conference Player of the Week, sharing the honors with Kyle Landry of Northern Arizona after the Bears' victory at San Diego State. Beitzel notched a career-high in scoring with 15 points and steals with four. He shot 7-of-12 from the field with one three-pointer and two rebounds in the 62-56 win.
Double, Double, Toil & Trouble
Of the 12 players who have seen action on the court this season, 10 of them have scored at least 10 points in a game (Monice Garrett, Kirk Archibeque). The Bears have five players on the team who are averaging between 7-13 points per game, led by junior forward Jabril Banks with 12.8.
Head coach Tad Boyle has now used 10 different starting lineups this season. Junior guard Robert Palacios is now the only player on the team to have started in all 24 games and 11 of the 12 players on the roster have started in at least one game with the lone exception being freshman guard Monice Garrett.
Terry Anderson is now just seven rebounds shy of 100 for his career. Devon Beitzel is 11 points shy of 100 for his career, while sophomore Will Figures next three pointer will be the 50th of his career. Jefferson Mason is 26 points shy of 400 for his career and needs nine steals for 50. Taylor Montgomery is five rebounds away from the century mark, while Sean Taibi needs two for 300 and is nine points shy of 1300. With six more three-pointers he will also hit the 250 mark for his career.
Twice this season, junior forward Jabril Banks has been perfect from the field when taking seven shots. In the season opener against VMI Banks posted an unblemished night, hitting all seven attempts from the field. He then repeated that performance at
Leading The Way - As A Team
In the latest Big Sky Conference statistics,
Leading The Way - Individually
In the Big Sky individual statistics, junior forward Jabril Banks ranks seventh in scoring (12.8), seventh in rebounding (6.1) and fifth in field goal percentage (.560), while Jefferson Mason ranks sixth in free throw percentage (.788) and Robert Palacios is fifth in steals (1.52) and offensive rebounds (2.26). Will Figures continues to lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (.508), while senior Sean Taibi is 10th in three-pointers made (1.89).
It's An Honor
Following the action on the court during the Air Force Classic,
Scouting Johnson +
Northern Colorado will be playing Johnson+
In the first meeting, the Bears won 62-51 behind freshman forward Taylor Montgomery's first career double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Junior forward Robert Palacios also tallied a career-high seven steals. JW was led by Sasha Pate with 17 points, while M.J. Crespin tallied a team-best seven rebounds.
Eric Daniels leads the team with 15.7 points per game, while Pate averages 10.8. Andrew Baker garners 4.2 rebounds per contest, while Pate is right behind him with 4.1 per game.