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Northern Colorado withstands Idaho flurry for 81-77 win

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 5:13 p.m.

GREELEY, Colo. – Andre Spight tied a career-high with 28 points with six 3-pointers, Jordan Davis added 23 and Northern Colorado beat Idaho 81-77 on Sunday.

Northern Colorado (11-4, 2-0 Big Sky) went up 77-68 on a 3-point play from Davis off a layup, and another free throw with 2:23 to play before Idaho’s 50-second, 7-0 run. Jordan Scott made a layup, Perrion Callandret got a 3-point play off a dunk and Brayon Blake dropped in a layup with 46 seconds left.

After Idaho called timeout, Tanner Morgan and Spight each sank a pair of free throws to seal the win. Morgan added 13 points for the Bears, who only committed eight turnovers.

“You look at the stat sheet and it’s almost equal,” said Idaho coach Don Verlin in a team release. “We basically shoot the same amount from the field, they make a few more 3s. The bottom line to this game is just a little bit, a few plays here and there that make the difference to beat a team on the road. I thought we made some mistakes tonight that we need to clean up.”

Victor Sanders led Idaho (9-5, 1-1) with 19 points, Blake had 17, Callandret 16 and Scott 11. The Vandals stayed close and missed just 3 of 19 free throws and capitalized on the Bears’ nine misses from the line.