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Northern Colorado men's basketball keeps post-season hopes alive with win over Montana State

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Published: Monday, February 11, 2013

Updated: Monday, February 11, 2013 02:02

The UNC men’s basketball team earned a huge win on the road, keeping postseason hopes alive with an 85-72 win on the road at Montana State, ending a six-game road losing streak.

Hot shooting in the second half pushed the University of Northern Colorado (7-15, 5-9 Big Sky) past Montana State University (10-12, 7-7), as the Bears missed only five shots from the field and one free throw in the final 20 minutes.

The Bears ended the night shooting 61.7 percent from the field and went 6-for-12 from behind the arc. The only three Bears able to sink shots for 3-pointers were sophomore guard Tevin Svihovec, junior guard Tate Unruh and junior guard Paul Garnica.  Each made two 3-pointers.

All of UNC’s starters, led by Svihovec’s game-high 23 points, finished with double-figure points. Unruh was second on the team with 15 points while sophomore forward Tim Huskisson finished with 12. Junior center Connor Osborne netted 11, as did junior forward Derrick Barden to go, who also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, marking his first double-double since Jan. 24 against Northern Arizona.

The Bears return home at 7:05 p.m. Thursday to take on seventh-place Northern Arizona (9-15, 6-8). A UNC win would tie the teams at seventh place, keeping UNC’s postseason hopes alive since the top seven teams  will participate in the conference tournament, hosted by regular season champion.

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