Taibi scores season high 24 as Northern Colorado wins 70-64

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GREELEY, Colo. (AP)—Sean Taibi scored a season-high 24 points and Jabril Banks added 16 as Northern Colorado defeated Sacramento State 74-60 in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams Friday night.

Taibi, the school’s all-time 3-point leader with 226, was 6-for-10 from 3-point range. Banks scored 11 of his points in the second half as Northern Colorado (6-6, 1-0 Big Sky Conference) snapped a four-game losing streak.

Vinnie McGhee had four 3-pointers and 19 pointers to lead Sacramento State (2-9, 0-1). Clark Woods had 11, but Big Sky Conference leading scorer Justin Williams, a 17-point a game scorer, managed only four points.

Sacramento State lost it’s 14th straight road game. The Hornets last won away from home on Dec. 30, 2006 when they beat Northern Colorado.

Northern Colorado led 31-28 at the half and quickly built a 13 point lead in the second half.

McGhee’s 3-pointer and a short jumper got Sacramento State to within six points, 61-55, before Northern Colorado responded with an 11-2 run keyed by Banks’ emphatic dunk off a rebound and Taibi’s two 3-pointers and layup off a steal. The Bears pulled away to a 71-57 lead with 1:58 remaining.

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 Sacramento St.
V. McGhee Jr. V. McGhee Jr.
7-12,  19 Pts
0 Rebs, 3 Assists
 Northern Colorado
S. Taibi S. Taibi
9-16,  24 Pts
6 Rebs, 2 Assists

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