GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – Derrick Barden matched a season-high with 19 points and Northern Colorado broke away with an emphatic run early in the second half to best Prairie View A&M 87-70 on Sunday to conclude the Colorado State Challenge.
The contest was close into the second half until the Bears (4-2) launched a 20-5 run spanning six minutes that increased their lead from 40-38 to 60-43 and they stayed out of reach from there.
Barden scored six of his 19 points during the breakout on three slams. Dominique Lee added a dunk and a 3-pointer and Tate Unruh hit his third of four 3s during the pivotal run. Unruh and Tevin Svihover finished with 16 points each, Lee had 13 and Tim Huskisson 11.
Prairie View (2-6) led by as many as 11 early when Montrael Scott hit a 3-pointer and was fouled. Scott finished with 12 points, Louis Munks a season-high 20.