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Comeback falls short against Idaho

By Domenic Grey
On February 10, 2017

A late second half surge wasn't enough, as the Northern Colorado men's basketball team fell to Idaho 88-76 Thursday night in Greeley.

Each second matters when a team is trying to get back in the game, but Jordan Davis felt the outcome could've been a lot different if there were five more minutes.

“When you dig yourself a hole, you have to climb out. I feel if the game had five more minutes we would of came back and won. But it doesn't, so we have to take this one and go to the next game,” said Davis.

Junior DJ Miles led the Bears with 30 points that included five three-pointers. Davis had 21 points with eight assist, while Chaz Glotta chipped in 17 points. Besides those three, the rest of team were only able to combine for eight points.

From the first tip, Idaho came out on fire, as they came out on a 19-9 run in the first six minutes, forcing UNC to try and fight their way back into the game before halftime, but low energy and Idaho shooting .47 percent from the three-point line had UNC down 43-29 at halftime.

The second half started off just like the first, Idaho came out hotter than they did in the first half. They pushed their lead to 28 with 12:41 left, but the Bears weren't going to go down without a fight, as they turned the game completely around. UNC went on a huge run led by Miles and Davis that cut the lead to eight with 2:19 left. Idaho forward Victor Sanders shut the door on the Bears as he scored four of the final eight points for the Vandals. Sanders led Idaho with 25 points.

“Were trying to build habits that will help us win three games in march next year, not three games right now. With a young team, we could of did a few things differently tonight, but at the end of the day, it might of won us the battle but won't win us the war.” said head coach Jeff Linder.

UNC had 38 points in the paint, and committed only eight turnovers which is a season low.

Northern Colorado (8-15, 4-8 Big Sky) welcomes Eastern Washington into Bank of Colorado Arena Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

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