Northern Colorado men's basketball team defeated by Weber State 85-64 at home
UNC freshman guard Tevin Svihovec dribbles past Weber's Jordan Richardson during the basketball game Saturday, February 2 at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. Colleen Allison | The Mirror
UNC's Tate Unruh puts up a shot over Weber guard Scott Bamforth during the game on February 2 at the Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. The Bears lost the game 85-64. Colleen Allison | The Mirror
The UNC men's basketball team fell to Weber State 85-64 Saturday at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion in a game during which the Wildcats seemingly couldn't miss.
Weber State (15-5, 10-2 Big Sky) had a 60.8 percent field goal percentage for the game, compared to the University of Northern Colorado's (6-14, 4-8) 38.6 percent.
"They out-toughed us on both ends of the floor," head coach B.J. Hill said. "They were tough for us offensively in their execution. They were tougher than us defensively."
Weber State senior guard Scott Bamforth ended the game with 20 points, and was one of five Wildcats with double-digit points.
"(Bamforth's) another level of player than what we have right now," Hill said. "He's a guy that came in as a shooter. He's a 3-point shooter, (but he's) turned into one of the better defensive guards in this league."
Bamforth made 6-of-9 from the field, including four 3-pointers. He was joined in double-digits by Frank Otis (15 points), Kyle Tresnak and Davion Berry (12 each) and Gelaun Wheelwright (10).
UNC junior guard Paul Garnica finished with 11 points, making 3-of-5 3-pointers. Garnica tied junior forward Emmanuel Addo for the most points on the team. Sophomore guard Tevin Svihovec finished second with 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting.
"I could kind of tell in warm-ups that we had some blank stares on guys' faces," Svihovec said. "Guys were complaining about not feeling well and stuff, but we just didn't come out ready to compete at all."
The Bears were out-rebounded 35-27 and shot 5-of-16 3-pointers, compared to the 15 they made in a win against Idaho State on Thursday.
In addition to Addo and Garnica, the rest of the bench, including sophomore forward Brendan Keane and freshman guard Greg Tucker, had an effect on the game. Keane and Tucker each had five points, showing why they deserved playing time.
"I thought Greg Tucker competed defensively at the way I want," Hill said. "I thought Brendan Keane did a couple of good things. He was not great defensively, but at least he was tough enough to get a catch and finish some shots on the inside."
Svihovec also recognized the contributions of the players off the bench.
"I think Brendan always comes in and plays solid," Svihovec said. "He knows his role, he knows his limits, he knows how to use his game. (Addo), he's talented and everybody knows he's pretty talented. He was aggressive, which is good, which he needs to be."
Redshirt freshmen guard James Davis Jr. finished with six points and two assists and also expressed his disappointment in the result.
"Regardless of how we play from half to half, if it's not a full game, we don't like it all," Davis said. "It doesn't matter if I come off the bench and score 30 or if we lose by 30, it's the same thing. It's a loss and it doesn't feel good."
The Bears' next game will be at 7:05 p.m. Thursday at conference-leading Montana (16-4, 12-0).
"There's nothing we can do as of right now with the loss (Saturday), but we've just got to come back Monday, put in the work and, I think, really work defensively," Svihovec said.
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