January 30, 2014

Barden's double-double not enough as men's basketball falls to Vikings

By PARKER COTTON

UNCBears.com

PORTLAND, Ore. – Northern Colorado's three-game winning streak came to a screeching halt Thursday with an 80-57 loss to Portland State, giving the Bears their second Big Sky defeat of the season.

Tate Unruh (Branson, Mo.) scored two points in the game to climb into the 1,000-point club at Northern Colorado, but his achievement was overshadowed by a poor shooting night for the entire team.

The Bears (13-5, 7-2 Big Sky) shot 39.3 percent overall and was just 2-of-15 from behind the arc. The Vikings (10-8, 5-4) countered by shooting almost 55 percent overall and making 9-of-19 3-pointers.

Derrick Barden (Detroit) recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards, and Tim Huskisson (Willard, Mo.) backed him up with 10 points of his own.

The Bears won the rebounding battle 33-31, and pulled down 17 offensive boards, but the Vikings turned 11 Northern Colorado turnovers into 15 points and outscored the Bears in the paint.

Portland State led wire-to-wire and built its lead to as many as 27 points midway through the second half.

The Bears return to action at 3:05 p.m. Saturday in Cheney, Wash., against the Eastern Washington Eagles.