Facing the conference's top team made a victory unlikely regardless, but the Northern Colorado Bears at least played competitively against the Weber State Wildcats in a 88-71 defeat on Thursday night. It's been a long season for Northern Colorado, which trailed for the entire game against Weber State.
After getting down 5-0 initially, Northern Colorado trailed 22-10 before the two sides traded runs until halftime, at which point Weber State led 48-39. The Bears actually began the second half by playing quite well, trimming that lead to 57-54 with less than 13 minutes remaining in the game, but the Wildcats responded with a 10-0 run. From there, the Wildcats just held steady and waltzed to victory.
Star junior guard Damian Lillard had another big game for Weber State, scoring 30 points, including five three-point shots, and dishing 8 assists. He's one of the nation's leading scorers at 24.5 points per game. Paul Garnica came off the bench to lead Northern Colorado with 16 points on 7-of-12 shooting, while Mike Proctor posted a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
The loss drops Northern Colorado to 9-18 overall and 5-10 against Big Sky Conference opponents. Weber State is now 23-4 with a 14-1 record against Big Sky opponents, tops in the conference.