Division I Bears hand men 24th straight loss
Sean Taibi led six Northern Colorado players in double figures as the NCAA Division I Bears handed the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs its 24th consecutive loss, a 110-67 pounding Monday night at the Butler-Hancock Pavilion in Greeley.
Taibi scored a career-high 25 points for Northern Colorado. The freshman from Pueblo made seven of his 10 3-point attempts as the Bears shot a robust 44.4 percent (12-for-27) against a CU-Colorado Springs defense that has struggled against the 3-pointer all season.
But the Mountain Lions didn't look much like a struggling Division II opponent in the early going. Jim Pecic hit a 3-pointer, then dunked home a missed shot on the next possession to give CU-Colorado Springs a 17-10 lead just over five minutes into the game.
Northern Colorado responded by outscoring the Mountain Lions 47-19 the rest of the half. The 57 points by UNC in the first half was the most the team has scored in the first this season (in fact the most points scored in any half this year), topping a 48-point performance versus Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Jan. 22. It was the most first-half points scored by the Bears since also scoring 57 versus Howard-Payne on Nov. 18, 2000.
Freshman center Kirk Archibeque added 18 points on 7-for-8 shooting for Northern Colorado (7-18). Jared Lewis (15), Erik Olson (14), Michael Gordy (12) and Matt Kline (11) also scored in double figures for the Bears.
The 43-point win was the most since Northern Colorado obliterated Arizona Bible by 51 points on Nov. 29, 1995.
"It was nice to have a chance for our five freshmen to all be on the floor at the same time and get some quality minutes," said UNC coach Craig Rasmuson. "They are the future of our program and gave our fans a good look of things to come in the next few years."
Those freshmen combined to score 71 of the Bears 110 points.
Trey White scored all of his points from 3-point range, going 5-for-8 to lead CU-Colorado Springs (0-23). Pecic added 13 points, while Torrey Phillips had 11 and Dan Deveau had 10.
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