Bears can't stop Bobcats from beyond the arc in road loss
BOZEMAN, Mont. -- Mike Proctor scored a team-high 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting Saturday night, helping Northern Colorado shoot a road season-high 52 percent from the floor at Montana State's Worthington Arena.
The Bobcats knocked down 13 three-pointers, though—opponent three-point shooting has been a Bears bugaboo all season—and they cruised to an 84-72 win.
Elliott Lloyd and Emmanuel Addo scored 13 points for Northern Colorado (6-12, 3-4 Big Sky), and Tevin Svihovec added 12 for the Bears, who dropped back-to-back Big Sky road games for the first time since last January.
Montana State (10-8, 5-2) became the ninth Northern Colorado opponent this season to hit 10 or more three-pointers in a single game, and the third to do it in the Bears' past four games.
Michael Dison came off the bench for Montana State and led all players with 17 points. Christian Moon added 13 for the Bobcats, and Xavier Blount put in 12.
Northern Colorado found itself in a 20-7 hole eight minutes into the game and went into halftime down 48-33 when Montana State's Tre Johnson put in a layup as the first-half clock expired.
The Bobcats pushed their advantage to 19 five minutes after halftime, at 60-41, before the Bears answered with a 10-0 run over the next two minutes to pull within 60-51.
Lloyd scored six of his points in the spurt, and Paul Garnica (six points) and Svihovec added layups.
A 13-4 run by Montana State over the next four minutes, however, made the score 73-55 and set the stage for Northern Colorado's second loss to Montana State in eight meetings, dating back to the 2007-08 season.
The Bears made 26 of 50 shots from the floor and shot better overall than the Bobcats (52 percent to 44.8 percent), and outrebounded them 32-30, giving them a rebounding edge in seven of eight games.
Their three-point shooting defensive struggles made both of those efforts for naught.
Proctor's eight rebounds led Northern Colorado and gave him 573 in his career, one shy of John McFarland (1994-97), who finished his time with the Bears with 574 boards and in 10th place in school history.