Basketball breaks into win column in South Padre
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas -- Connor Osborne scored a career-high 16 points Friday against Western Carolina, and Mike Proctor and Tate Unruh backed him with 10 points apiece in Northern Colorado's 74-57 win at the South Padre Island Invitational.
Osborne finished 6-for-7 from the field (both career highs) and made 4-of-6 free-throws to pace the Bears in their first win of the season (1-4) at the South Padre Island Convention Center.
Northern Colorado will face Southern (2-3) tomorrow on the final day of the Invitational. The Jaguars defeated Florida A&M 64-61 earlier Friday.
The Bears led 26-16 at halftime and continued their hot shooting this season with a 47 percent effort against the Catamounts (2-4), giving them an identical mark so far this season after five games. They shot 43 percent from the field last season en route to their first NCAA Tournament.
Northern Colorado also continued its strong free-throw shooting of late, hitting 15 of 17. The Bears, who made just 30 of their first 49 from the stripe (61 percent), have made 35 of their last 38 (92 percent).
Northern Colorado ranked eighth in the country last season in free-throw shooting at 77 percent.
The Bears had to overcome a 35-point effort from WCU's Brandon Boggs, who finished 12-for-23 from the field.
No other Catamount player reached double figures, however, as the Bears allowed WCU to just shoot 32 percent after entering the game allowing opponents to shoot 45 percent in their first four contests.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.