Northern Colorado fell to 3-9 on the season on Saturday night after a 86-63 loss to Idaho State.
The Bears kept things close throughout most of the first half, before allowing Idaho State to pull away with a 15-0 run that broke a 19-19 tie. The Bengals led at the half, 37-25, and used that big run to never be in much danger of a loss for the remainder of the contest. N. Colorado never threatened in the second half and never pulled closer than 70-56 late in the game.
The Bears shot 50 percent from the floor against Idaho State, with forward Derrick Barden leading N. Colorado with 19 points and eight rebounds. Guard Tate Unruh added 14 points on 5-of-11 shootings and 4-of-8 from long distance. Idaho State shot just 46 percent from the floor yet hit on 14-of-27 from three-point distance.
Idaho State guard Melvin Morgan led both teams with 27 points, while Tomas Sanchez added 11 points and eight assists.