GREELEY, Colo. – Tate Unruh hit two free throws with 12 seconds remaining Saturday to lift Northern Colorado to a 71-70 Big Sky Conference victory over Eastern Washington.
Unruh’s free throws came as a result of a technical foul called on Eastern’s Collin Chiverton, who, with 12 seconds to play, called a timeout the Eagles didn’t have. Prior to that, Chiverton’s jumper with 18 seconds left gave the Eagles a 70-69 lead.
“To Chiverton’s credit, he made a big shot,” Eastern head coach Jim Hayford said in a release. “If he doesn’t make it, the timeout he called that we didn’t have wouldn’t have mattered. He was on the floor trying to get a loose ball (when the timeout was called). But it was a hard way to lose a ballgame.”
Mike Proctor had 13 points and Tevin Svihovic added 12 for the Bears (6-10, 3-2), who used nine players, with all scoring at least four points. Northern Colorado took only 35 shots during the game, but made 20 of them for a 57.1 shooting percentage from the floor.
After Unruh’s free throws, the Eagles (9-9, 3-3) did not get off a shot, as Tim Huskisson made a steal for the Bears.
Chiverton scored 21 points on 7-of-13 shooting, including 5 of 9 3-pointers. Cliff Ederaine and Parker Kelly scored 12 points each for the Eagles.
With the win, the Bears moved into third place in the conference standings at 3-2 and 6-10 overall. Eastern Washington fell to 9-9 overall and 3-3.
The Eagles wrap up their road trip with a nonconference game at Seattle University on Monday.