Men's Basketball Falls At Northern Arizona
Dec. 30, 2007
Redshirt freshman forward Neal Kingman, in just his second start of the season, led the Bears with a career-high 17 points, while sophomore forward Jefferson Mason came off the bench to score 14, senior guard Sean Taibi scored 13 in his first start since before the injury and junior forward Jabril Banks knotted 10. Banks and Kingman also led the team with five rebounds each, while senior guard Thanasi Panagiotakopoulos had a team-best six assists and five different Bears each had one steal.
"We had success early in the season, kicking people's tails on the backboard," said head coach Tad Boyle. "After that stretch of games at home, I think we had a +9 rebound margin. We out-rebounded
"I was really proud of Neal," continued Boyle. "He's really coming on, you can see it game by game and practice by practice. He single-handedly kept us in the game in the first half. If anything good can come out of tonight, it's the play of Neal Kingman."
Kingman posted a career-high in scoring in the first half, leading all players with 13 points, while Mason added 12. Both players were three-of-four from the three-point line in the first stanza.
The Bears went down 20-8 early in the first half, but used a 13-0 run sparked by three triples from Mason to take their first lead at 21-20. Northern Arizona answered with a layup by
Northern Colorado made 7-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first 20 minutes and 16-of-27 from the field, while
Northern Colorado returns home to host