Men's Basketball Plays At Home For Final Times
Feb. 19, 2008
Wednesday, Feb. 20 •
Eastern Washington (11-18, 6-8 Big Sky) at
Saturday, Feb. 23 •
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Last Meeting................... Jan. 19............. Jan. 17
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The Final Countdown
Northern Colorado plays its final two home games of the 2007-08 season this week as they host
Now Or Never
The Bears are looking for their first wins in the series history against both Eastern Washington and
Prior to the game on Saturday, the four seniors on the 2007-08 roster, Terry Anderson, Kirk Archibeque, Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos and Sean Taibi will be honored for their hard work and commitment to the men's basketball team.
The latest victory gave
Taibi One On
Over the last five games, senior guard Sean Taibi has led the team, scoring 70 points (14.0 per game) while shooting .535 from the field and a red-hot .583 from beyond the arc (14-24). He has also made .909 (10-11) from the free throw line and is averaging just 19 minutes per game during the stretch. Taibi's next game will be the 105th of his career, which will tie him for 10th on the
Northern Colorado wrapped up the non-conference season with the tilt against Johnson+
Junior guard Robert Palacios has 37 steals this season (1.5 per game) to rank among the Big Sky leaders this year. With two more thefts, he will also tie the
Garrett Helps Out
Freshman Monice Garrett recorded a career-high six assists against Johnson+
Northern Colorado allowed Johnson+
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
Banking On It
Junior forward Jabril Banks has now scored 10 or more points in seven straight games, his longest streak of the season. Banks leads the team in scoring, averaging 12.7 per game, which also ranks him seventh in the Big Sky Conference. That streak is the second longest active streak in the Big Sky Conference behind Jeremiah Dominguez of
Of the 125 possible starts this season (25 games, 5 positions) only 31 have been by members of the senior class. Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos led the way with 19 starting nods before his injury, while Terry Anderson has started in six, Sean Taibi has started in five and Kirk Archibeque in one. The junior class has 49 starts, sophomores have started 19 times and freshmen have 26.
For the fourth time this season, five players scored in double figures in the Bears win over
In 13 of the 25 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 33 points in the last five games after scoring just 16 points in the previous 13 contests. He has started in all six games, averaging 6.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists over that stretch.
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
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 12.7.
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 25 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 six rebounds shy of 100 for his career. Devon Beitzel is just four points shy of 100 for his career, while sophomore Will Figures next three pointer will be the 50th of his career. Jefferson Mason is 17 points shy of 400 for his career and needs seven steals for 50. Taylor Montgomery is 13 points away from 150, while Robert Palacios needs four rebounds for the same mark. Sean Taibi is just eight assists shy of 150 and needs three more three-pointers for 250 in his career.
Leading The Way - As A Team
In the latest Big Sky Conference statistics, Northern Colorado leads the way in rebounding offense (35.4) and offensive rebounds (12.60), ranks second in steals (7.24) and is third in rebounding margin (+3.4). In conference games only, the Bears are second in rebounding offense (33.8), steals (6.92), offensive rebounds (11.67) and third in three-point field goal percentage (.373) and three-pointers made (7.83).
Leading The Way - Individually
In the Big Sky individual statistics, junior forward Jabril Banks ranks ninth in scoring (12.7), sixth in rebounding (6.1) and fifth in field goal percentage (.553), while Jefferson Mason ranks sixth in free throw percentage (.783) and Robert Palacios is third in steals (1.50) and fifth in offensive rebounds (2.33). Will Figures continues to lead the league in three-point field goal percentage (.478).
It's An Honor
Following the action on the court during the Air Force Classic,
The Vikings are the only team in the Big Sky Conference to have clinched a berth in the league tournament and are winners of their last eight games. They are 10-2 in conference play and 17-8 on the year and will face Cal State Fullerton in the ESPNU BracketBusters Pool on Saturday.
Jeremiah Dominguez leads a trio of Vikings in double figures in scoring with 14.2 per game, while Deonte Huff is at 13.0 and Scott Morrison averages 11.3 per game. He also leads the club with 6.0 rebounds per game. Dominguez averages a team-best 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while Morrison is at 1.54 blocks per game.
The Eagles rank right ahead of the Bears in the Big Sky standings with a 6-8 league record and they are 11-18 overall and have won their last two games.
Kellen Williams leads the way in scoring (13.4 per game), rebounding (8.4) and steals (1.2), while Adris DeLeon, who exploded for a career-best 42 points in the first meeting against the Bears is second in scoring with 12.0 per game and leads the team in assists (3.2). Brandon Moore averages a team-best 0.71 blocks per game.