Northern Colorado (8-16) at Eastern Washington (11-14)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, February 15th, 9:05 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Reese Court (6,000) -- Cheney, Washington. Television: SWX. Home Record: UNC 4-8, EWU 6-4. Away Record: UNC 2-8, EWU 5-10. Neutral Record: UNC 2-0, EWU 0-0. Conference Record: UNC 5-8, EWU 5-7. Series Record: Northern Colorado leads, 7-5.
GAME NOTES: Coming off their third overtime game in the last six outings, the Northern Colorado Bears hope tonight's meeting with Big Sky Conference foe Eastern Washington can be decided in just 40 minutes.
Over the weekend, the Bears played yet another extra fame as they clashed with Montana State and even though the game was tight while closing out regulation, UNC was in complete control from then on as it registered the 77-64 win to snap a three-game slide. Still three games under .500 in conference play at 5-8, the Bears are in the bottom third of the standings.
Just ahead of Northern Colorado in the Big Sky is Eastern Washington, which sports a 5-7 league mark following an 84-75 loss to Weber State on Saturday. The setback was the second in a row and the sixth in eight games for the group, not to mention the 10th road defeat on the campaign as well.
UNC won the first meeting of the season with EWU last month by just a single point at home, 71-70, which means the all-time series now favors the Bears by a count of 7-5.
Tate Unruh registered a game-high 20 points as the Bears battled back from a double-digit deficit in order to secure the 13-point overtime victory against the Montana State Bobcats in Big Sky Conference action at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion over the weekend. Also scoring in double figures for the Bears were Tevin Svihovec with 15 points and Emmanuel Addo with 13 off the bench, while Mike Proctor added eight points, 13 rebounds and five assists for the squad as well. UNC, which held Montana State scoreless until midway through the overtime frame, outscored the Bobcats by a 27-10 margin at the free-throw line. Despite producing a decent 71.8 ppg this season, the Bears currently have just two players scoring in double figures in Unruh (10.8 ppg) and Svihovec (1.0 ppg), but that doesn't mean there are not several other performers who can step up and make a significant impact. Even though the Bears are one of the most accurate three-point shooting teams in the country (.445), the group is still being outscored by more than three points per game on average.
Eastern Washington fell behind the Wildcats immediately in the last outing and was never able to recover, the visitors converting just 38.7 percent from the floor and being outscored at the free-throw line by a 32-14 margin. Cliff Colimon accounted for 20 points and nine rebounds, but he was tagged with seven of the unit's 13 turnovers in the contest, while Parker Kelly Came off the bench to offer up 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting behind the three-point line at the Dee Events Center. Leading scorer Collin Chiverton (15.8 ppg), shot a mere 2-of-13 from the field, including 1-of-7 behind the three-point line and that's why he is averaging just 12.8 ppg in conference outings. Colimon's scoring actually goes from 15.0 ppg overall to 16.4 ppg in conference, but still his accuracy from the floor of only 40 percent in league play, along with Chiverton at a mere 34.0 percent, brings the entire team down to 40.2 percent against the rest of the Big Sky.
The Bears showed great resolve and determination in their last outing, but a team can only go to the well so often. Playing on the road certainly won't help matters for UNC, and you have to assume that Chiverton will bounce back from a lackluster performance over the weekend for EWU.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eastern Washington 76, Northern Colorado 71
02/15 10:37:30 ET