October 30, 2006

Men's Basketball to Host Colorado Mines in Exhibition on Wednesday Night

Oct. 30, 2006

University of Northern Colorado Bears
vs. Colorado School of Mines Orediggers
Exhibition #1 * Wednesday, November 1 * 7:05 p.m. MT
Greeley, Colo. * Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (2,941)

The Coaches: Tad Boyle is 0-0 (.000) in his first season at Northern Colorado.

Pryor Orser is 60-75 (.444) in his sixth season at Colorado Mines.

Live Stats: Available through links at UNCBears.com.

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The University of Northern Colorado men's basketball team will kick off the 2006-07 season with an exhibition contest on Wednesday evening against Division II foe Colorado School of Mines (7:05 p.m.). The game will be the first under new head coach Tad Boyle and first basketball game in the newly renovated Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion.

Admission to the game is free. Northern Colorado basketball fans are invited to an open house prior to the contest. There fans will have the chance to purchase season tickets for the season and can pick the seats in which they want to sit for the entire season. Doors open for the event at 5:30 p.m.

Men's basketball season reserved tickets are just $96 for the season (less than $7.50 per game). Fans also have a chance to purchase Courtside VIP tables and seats as well.

Fans, who will also receive free popcorn, will get a chance to meet both the men's and women's teams following the event, as the squads will sign autographs after the game.

KFKA will also air the Coors Light Northern Colorado Coaches Show live from inside Butler-Hancock from 6:05 p.m. to 7 p.m. (an hour earlier than normal). Coach Scott Downing will appear as usual on the program as will other special guests.

The Northern Colorado basketball team returns six players from last year's team - Matt Kline, Sean Taibi, Dwayne Birden, Kirk Archibeque, Cory Lowe and Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos. Boyle did a good job of recruiting in a short time span and brought in eight newcomers for 2006-07, including seven freshmen.

The exhibition game will be a tune-up for the Bears who will open the regular season on Nov. 11 at Ball State. That road trip also includes a trip to Big Ten foe Purdue. The Bears will open the home regular season on Nov. 17 when they host Colorado-Colorado Springs as part of a doubleheader with the women's team.