Kountz, Jockuck’s efforts not enough for men’s basketball Saturday
A cold spell in the second half helped Portland State defeat UNC 73-65
By Ryan Pfeifer, UNCBears.com
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GREELEY, Colo. – Northern Colorado was unable to overcome a cold spell shooting in the second half as Portland State forced the weekend split 73-65 over UNC.
The Bears were held without a field goal for an [8:10] stretch where PSU increased its lead from five to 13. UNC ended up shooting 28.6% in the second half and 34.9% for the game.
Daylen Kountz and Kur Jockuch had strong performances again for Northern Colorado. Kountz scored a game-high 23 and Jockuch with a 10 points, 13 rebounds double-double, his third straight.
The first half was a back and forth affair featuring six lead changes and three ties over the first 20 minutes. PSU held the narrow 33-32 lead.
Portland State led throughout the whole second half. UNC got within two with [9:50] left but then went scoreless for a five-minute 12-second stretch allowing the Vikings to pull away.
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Stat of the Game
Basketball can be such a simple game sometimes of makes and misses. For UNC, they didn’t have enough makes and too many misses shooting 34.9% for the game.
– Senior Rodrick McCobb played his final home game in the Blue & Gold recording his second career start. In 15 minutes of play, he grabbed a pair of rebounds and dished out an assist.
– Kur Jockuch had his third straight double-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds and an assist. For the week he averaged 11.7 points and 12.7 rebounds.
– Daylen Kountz made a career-high five three-pointers on his way to 23 points Saturday. He added in four rebounds and an assist. Kountz averaged 21.0 points against PSU over the two games.
– Matt Johnson II finished an assist shy of tying his career-high with five. He scored 14 points and grabbed a pair of rebounds.
– Portland State entered Saturday averaging 13.1 offensive rebounds per game to rank seventh in the nation. The Bears limited the Vikings to just three on Saturday.
Around the Big Sky
Idaho picked up its first win of the season on Friday night with a ??-?? win over Montana State. Montana swept Idaho State, Southern Utah swept Northern Arizona and Weber State swept Sacramento State. Entering the final week of the regular season, Eastern Washington leads SUU by half a game for first place.
Northern Colorado closes out the regular season with a trip to Ogden, Utah to face Weber State next Thursday and Saturday. After that, it’s off to Boise for the Big Sky Tournament.
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