On Thursday night, Northern Colorado fell to Cal Poly, 64-53. A poor second-half performance is what did in the Bears, they held a one-point lead over the Mustangs at the half. In the second half, Northern Colorado's offense was unable to keep up with Cal Poly as they were outscored, 43-31.
Cal Poly pulled away midway through the second half when they went on a 16-7 run, and had a 49-39 lead with 8:36 left in the game.
Neither team shot the ball particularly well, Northern Colorado made 42 percent of their shots, including just 3 of 18 from beyond the arc. Somehow, Cal Poly won despite shooting an even worse 33 percent form the field. The difference came from free throws; Northern Colorado was just 6 of 13, but Cal Poly went to the line 30 times and made 22 of them.