February 2, 2013

Men's Basketball drops home contest to Weber State

By ZACH BOND
UNCBears.com

GREELEY – Northern Colorado found itself down 10-2 after the first media timeout and could never quite recover in its 85-64 loss at home to Weber State on Saturday night.

With the loss, Northern Colorado dropped to 4-8 in Big Sky play and 6-14 overall. The loss also snapped the Bears' three-game home winning streak.

"They out-toughed us on both ends of the floor. It's that simple," Northern Colorado coach B.J. Hill said. "They were tougher than us offensively, in their execution. They were tougher than us defensively. They took us out of our stuff."

The Bears got out to a bit of a slow start, missing its first 11 field goal attempts before Tim Huskisson spun home a layup off a Tevin Svihovec pass.

For the game, Northern Colorado shot 38.6 percent from the field, while the Wildcats were hot all night, finishing with 60.8 percent shooting from the field.

After shooting a school Division I record percentage from three-point land on Thursday, the Bears were held to just 5-of-16 shooting (31.3 percent) from deep Saturday. The Wildcats, also one of the nation's best three-point shooting teams along with the Bears, shot 47.1 percent from three-point range.

"I thought (the players were ready to play)," Hill said. "I thought they were tuned in yesterday. I thought they understood the game plan and what we had to do, but it's hard to simulate the pressure and intensity that Weber State brings in practice when you don't play that style defensively."

Northern Colorado had three players who finished with double-figure scoring, with Paul Garnica and Emmanuel Addo both coming off the bench and scoring 11 points.

Garnica (San Antonio, Texas) got his points on 4-of-6 shooting and 3-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.

Addo's 11 points matched his highest total in Big Sky play this season as he finished 3-of-6 from the field. He did a good job of getting to the free throw line too, finishing 4-of-5 from the stripe.

Svihovec (Kingwood, Texas) was the other Bear to reach double-figures in the scoring department. He notched 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.

After getting down 10-2 early, the Bears battled back and, with a 3-pointer from Garnica, managed to cut the deficit to just 15-9 with less than 12 minutes to go in the first half. After that though, Weber State answered by outscoring the Bears 30-16 to finish off the half.

Junior Derrick Barden (Detroit, Mich.) had another strong game on the glass, finishing with 12 rebounds to go along with four points. It was his first double-digit rebound game in three contests and the sixth of the season.

Weber State moved to 15-5 overall and 10-2 in league play, with the win. The Wildcats, who are currently second in the Big Sky, were led by senior guard Scott Bamforth. He finished with 20 points on 6-of-9 shooting. He made 4-of-7 from long range. The Wildcats had five players in double-figures.

The Bears will look to shake off Saturday's tough loss, as they head out on the road for a crucial two-game swing up north to Montana. The Bears will take on Montana at 7 p.m. (MT) on Thursday, Feb. 7 before taking on Montana State at 7:05 p.m. (MT) on Saturday, Feb. 9. Thursday's game against Montana will be available on Altitude TV.