Northern Colorado men’s hoops ends Lobo Classic in loss to New Mexico – Loveland Reporter-Herald


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Senior Dalton Knecht scored a career high in the University of Northern Colorado matchup against New Mexico, but the Bears could not pull off the Lobo Classic win.
UNC (3-5) fell to the Lobos (6-0), 98-74, in the tournament finale on Sunday. New Mexico received votes in the most recent top 25 poll after its event.
The Bears stayed close for roughly 3/4 of the game. When they got down, the team continued responding and had the game within a couple of possessions at multiple times.
UNC got within four points at the 13:45 mark. In a little more than one minute, graduate student Riley Abercrombie hit two 3-pointers to keep the Bears within a seven-point deficit.
The hosts, however, went on a 16-0 run shortly after and took control of the game.
Northern Colorado had opportunities to cut into the run, but shots stopped falling, and it committed four turnovers and five personal fouls. Those mistakes allowed the Lobos to extend their lead.
Knecht finished with 29 points to lead the team. Freshman Caleb Shaw and graduate students Daylen Kountz and Riley Abercrombie finished in double figures, as well.
UNC scored 30 points in the paint, but it did not draw very many shooting fouls. The team went to the line for 11 free-throw attempts and only made six.
The Bears moved the ball well, putting up 19 assists, but they struggled to contain New Mexico’s size and athleticism.
The Lobos finished with seven blocks, 41 total rebounds, 17 offensive rebounds and 15 second-chance points.
Additionally, UNM finished with 28 points off turnovers and 48 points in the paint.
Northern Colorado recorded just three second-chance points after pulling down seven offensive boards. In total, UNC logged 22 rebounds and seven steals, but it did not record any blocks.
The Bears made nearly 50% of their field goal attempts and about 43% of their shots from range, but New Mexico made about 10 more buckets.
Even with the loss, UNC had a good weekend. It went 2-1 and received important preparation for the Big Sky Tournament in March.
The team will play Colorado State at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. This is the second season the Bears have traveled to Fort Collins for the in-state matchup.
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