January 18, 2013

Men's Basketball looks to continue success against Eagles at home

Game 16: Eastern Washington (Greeley, Colo.)
Northern Colorado notes | Big Sky notes

GAME INFORMATION:

Game 16: The Bears will look to make it two straight wins as they play host to Eastern Washington to wrap up a four-game home stand.
When: 7:05 p.m. (MT) Saturday, Jan. 19
Where: Greeley, Colo. -- Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion (2,992).
Live stats:
uncbears.com
TV: americaonesports.com
Radio:
KFKA-AM 1310 (Troy Coverdale)
All-time series: The all-time series is neck-and-neck, but the Bears hold the slight advantage 7-6. NC is 5-2 all-time vs. EWU at home.

A LOOK AHEAD:

  • At 7:05 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, Jan. 19, Northern Colorado will play host to Eastern Washington while looking to make it two straight wins after blowing out Portland State at home on Thursday night.
  • Eastern Washington comes into Saturday with a 4-13 overall mark and a 2-5 Big Sky record identical to that of Northern Colorado. On Thursday, the Eagles fell in a road game against North Dakota 65-47. The game was a tough one for Eastern Washington, as the Eagles' starting backcourt of Jeffrey Forbes and Kevin Winford sat out the game due to injuries they endured from a car accident in Grand Forks, N.D. on Wednesday.
  • Northern Colorado holds a 7-6 advantage in the all-time series between the two teams and the Bears have enjoyed plenty of success as of late. Coming into Saturday's matchup, Northern Colorado has won five of their last six meetings against Eastern Washington and seven of the last nine after dropping the first four games against the Eagles.
  • Last season, the two teams split the season series, with each holding serve on their respective home courts. Without a doubt, the Bears will be looking for some revenge after the Eagles came back from a 50-33 deficit in the second half to beat the Bears in Cheney, Wash. late in the season.
  • Eastern Washington has undergone a season of adversity, as its leading scorer, Justin Crosgile, left the team 12 games into the season. The Eagles are led in scoring by freshman Venky Jois, an Australian forward who is averaging 13 points per game and a Big Sky-leading 9.5 rebounds per contest.

NORTHERN COLORADO NOTEWORTHY:

  • After getting up 32-7 early in its 67-50 win over Portland State, Northern Colorado didn't allow the Vikings to get closer than 20 points away for the rest of the game until the final minutes, when both teams emptied their benches.
  • One of the keys to the Bears' win against Portland State was the Bears' nine turnovers. It was the fourth time this season Northern Colorado has recorded fewer than 10 turnovers in a game. The Bears managed that feat once last season.
  • Northern Colorado's 10 three-point buckets against Portland State were the most the Bears have recorded since knocking down 10 from long range in an early December game against UC Riverside.
  • The Bears have been red hot from outside over the last two games, shooting 50 percent from deep against Montana and 59 percent against Portland State. The last time Northern Colorado put together back-to-back games of better than 50 percent three-point shooting came late last season against Eastern Washington (.625) and Cal Poly (.500). In fact, those two games were the final two of a five-game stretch where the Bears shot better than 50 percent from deep.
  • Paul Garnica scored 12 points in Thursday's win against Portland State. In Northern Colorado wins, Garnica is leading the team with almost 15 points per game. In Northern Colorado's losses, however, Garnica is averaging just five points per contest.
  • With five more threes against Portland State, Tate Unruh moved past Neal Kingman for thid on Northern Colorado's Division I career three-point list. Unruh now has 119 career made threes.
  • Unruh is also 16th nationally with 3.07 three-point field goals per game. He is also 25th in the nation in three-point percentage (.434).