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N. Colorado Defeats N. Arizona 64-62 In Overtime

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UNC Bears (credit: uncbears.com)

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) – Tevin Svihovec tied the game with a driving layup late in regulation, then won it with a similar play with a minute left in overtime as Northern Colorado snapped a four-game losing skid with a 64-62 victory over Northern Arizona on Monday night.

Emmanuel Addo tied a career high with 17 points and Tate Unruh added 16 points for the Bears (7-13, 4-5 Big Sky). Svihovec scored 11 points and Mike Proctor grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds.

James Douglas tied a career high with 22 points for the Lumberjacks (5-17, 1-9), who have lost nine straight. Michael Dunn tallied 13 points and nine rebounds, and Durrell Norman added 11 for Northern Arizona.

The nine-game skid is the Lumberjacks’ longest losing streak since they dropped nine in a row during the 1995-96 season.

Unruh’s reverse layup put Northern Colorado up 54-45 with 3:35 left, but the Lumberjacks’ pressing defense closed the gap down the stretch. The defense sparked an 11-0 run, and Northern Arizona took a 55-54 lead on Douglas’ fast-break 3-pointer with 1:02 left in regulation.

Stallon Saldivar hit one of two free throws to put the Lumberjacks up by two with 21 seconds left, but Svihovec quickly sliced through traffic and tied it with 13 seconds remaining.

Both teams had a chance to win in the final seconds, but Douglas was called for an offensive foul on a drive to the basket with eight seconds left, and Norman blocked Svihovec’s driving layup as time expired.

The teams traded the lead five times in overtime until Svihovec scored on another drive to put the Bears up 63-62 with a minute left. After Saldivar missed a short jumper, Tim Huskisson hit one of two free throws to make it a two-point game with 7.2 seconds remaining.

Northern Arizona got one more chance, but Douglas missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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