Northern Colorado (13-4) at Portland State (9-8)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, January 30, 10:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Peter W. Stott Center (1,500) -- Portland, Oregon.
Television: None. Home Record: UNC 11-0, PSU 8-3. Away Record: UNC 2-4, PSU
1-5. Neutral Record: UNC 0-0, PSU 0-0. Conference Record: UNC 7-1, PSU 4-4.
Series Record: Portland State leads, 13-5.
GAME NOTES: One of the top teams in the Big Sky Conference is up for another
test tonight, as the Northern Colorado Bears clash with the Portland State
Vikings at the Stott Center.
Tied with Weber State for the lead in the Big Sky entering the week, the Bears
have lost just once in eight league bouts, bowing to Montana State earlier
this month by a score of 70-55 on the road. However, since that setback UNC
has rattled off three straight victories, the latest being a 72-62 triumph
over Sacramento State last weekend.
The Bears have yet to be defeated at home this season (11-0), but on the road
the squad has won just twice in six chances.
Stuck in the middle of the pack in the Big Sky, Portland State is tied with
both Idaho State and Montana State for fifth place after splitting the first
eight league decisions. However, the team has been playing much better of
late, winning two straight and four of the last five outings, thanks in part
to a 92-83 victory against Eastern Washington on Monday night at home.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools, the Vikings are
ahead by a count of 13-5. PSU has taken all but two of the nine meetings
played in Portland previously.
Derrick Barden registered a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, as
the Northern Colorado Bears posted the double-digit win over the Sacramento
State Hornets at Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion. Tim Huskisson accounted for a
team-best 18 points and Jordan Wilson 11 for the Bears, as they picked up
their seventh win in the last eight outings. UNC produced a convincing 37-20
advantage in the rebounding department, and also outscored the Hornets by a
huge 26-10 margin at the free-throw line as well.
Barden is the only player on the team to have started every game thus far,
which is all the more reason why he should be leading the Bears in both
scoring (13.6 ppg) and rebounding (8.6 rpg). While he is shooting an
impressive 57.6 percent from the field overall, his mere 59.3 percent effort
at the free-throw line continues to be an issue. Tate Unruh (12.4 ppg) and
Huskisson (12.0 ppg) are also major contributors to a team outscoring the
competition by 9.9 ppg at the moment.
Down by double digits at the break against visiting Eastern Washington three
nights ago, the Vikings rebounded with a staggering 65.5 percent shooting from
the floor and 20-of-23 at the free-throw line in the second half in order to
pull out the nine-point home win. Andre Winston tallied 23 points, six
rebounds and six assists, followed by DaShaun Wiggins with 21 points and five
dishes off the bench. Tim Douglas dropped in 17 points for the Vikings, while
Kyle Richardson and Gary Winston tacked on 12 points apiece in the scoring
The 92 points by PSU were the most against another Division I program this
season, and was a big turn-around from just nine days earlier when the Vikings
were limited to 56 by Northern Arizona in a 21-point loss. Of the three active
double-digit scorers for Portland State, Douglas is at the top of the list
with his 14.4 ppg, adding a team-best 62 assists as well, but that still
doesn't compensate fully for his 38.4 percent accuracy from the floor.
When the offense for the Vikings is kicked into gear it almost seems as
through the program can play with anyone, but for the time being that notion
should be suspended given how much success UNC has enjoyed in conference play
to this point.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Northern Colorado 86, Portland State 77
01/30 10:33:10 ET
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