GREELEY, Colo. Derrick Barden scored 21 points and pulled down 14 rebounds Saturday night to lead Northern Colorado to its third straight win, 78-64 over Sacramento State.
Cody Demps (Pleasant Grove High School) scored 13 points, and Konner Veteto (Placer High) had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Hornets (12-12, 7-9 Big Sky Conference), who lost their fifth consecutive road game.
Tate Unruh scored 20 points and Tim Huskisson 15 for the Bears (9-15, 7-9), who shot 52 percent from the field, and committed just seven turnovers.
Northern Colorado never trailed, scoring the game's first four points en route to a 45-27 halftime lead. The Bears increased their advantage to as many as 20 in the second half before Sacramento State rallied, but the Hornets couldn't get within single digits.
The Bears hold a 10-4 lead in the all-time series between the schools.
UC Davis 73, Cal State-Northridge 61 Corey Hawkins scored 31 points on 9-of-12 shooting including six three-pointers as the Aggies (11-13, 7-6 Big West Conference) defeated the visiting Matadors (13-14, 4-11).
With 6:54 left in the first half and the score tied at 25, Hawkins made two three-pointers and a layup during a 14-1 run and UC Davis took a 39-26 halftime lead.
J.T. Adenrele (Oakmont) and Ryan Sypkens (Franklin) combined for 24 points.
Northern Colorado 81, Sac State 73 The visiting Bears handed the Hornets just their second home loss of the season, Sac State reported on its website.
The Hornets (14-10, 9-6 Big Sky) were outshot 63 percent to 35.9 by the Bears (15-9, 12-3) in the second half.
Kylie Kuhns and Alle Moreno each scored 19 points to lead the Hornets. Kuhns had 12 rebounds.
Cal State Northridge 51, UC Davis 49 in Northridge Ashlee Guay went the length of the court with a buzzer-beating layup to lead the Matadors (13-12, 7-6 Big West) over the Aggies (10-14, 5-8), UCD reported on its website.
Alyson Doherty scored 15 points to lead the Aggies, who led 45-37 before the Matadors went on a decisive 14-4 run.
Blair Shinoda's layup with five seconds left gave the Aggies a 49-49 tie.