GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – Connor Osborne had 14 points and Northern Colorado dominated inside to beat Northern Arizona 80-64 and snap a three-game losing streak Saturday night.
Mike Proctor added 13 points and 13 rebounds and Tate Unruh also had 13 points for Northern Colorado (4-8, 1-0 Big Sky). Tevin Svihovec and Paul Garnica scored 11 each for the Bears.
Northern Colorado used a decided height advantage to outscore the Lumberjacks 36-14 inside the paint.
Gabe Rogers led Northern Arizona (5-9, 1-1) with 18 points. James Douglas added 16 for the Lumberjacks, who are 3-2 under interim coach Dave Brown.
Northern Arizona has lost its last seven trips to Greeley and is 1-6 on the road this year.
Rogers sank a 3-pointer to start the second half, but Proctor scored the game’s next six points as part of an 11-2 run that gave Northern Colorado a 54-41 lead. Rogers made his second 3-pointer of the half to get the game to 54-44, but Unruh quickly matched it with one of his own.
Northern Arizona trailed 65-54 after a 3-pointer by Michael Dunn, but failed to score on its next five possessions and fell behind 69-54 with 7:13 to go. The Lumberjacks were never closer than 11 the rest of the way.
Northern Colorado overcame poor free-throw shooting in the first half (11 for 20) to lead 43-36 at the break. Unruh made two treys to help the Bears jump out to a 20-9 early advantage.
Douglas and Rogers kept the Lumberjacks close with 11 points each in the first half. Northern Arizona could have been closer, but Rogers made only 1 of 3 free throws after being fouled at the buzzer by Aaron Hawk-Harris.
The teams split their meetings in the regular season a year ago before the Bears eliminated Northern Arizona in the semifinals of the Big Sky Conference Tournament.
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