The Sacramento State Hornets went toe-to-toe with Big Sky Conference co-leader Northern Colorado, but the Bears took control with a 15-6 run that broke open a tie game in the second half and held on for a 72-62 victory at Butler-Hancock Hall in Greeley, Colo.
Mikh McKinney knocked down a jumper for the Hornets (6-11, 2-6 Big Sky) just before the first media timeout in the second half to tie the game 44-44. But the next trip down the floor, Jordan Wilson banged home a 3-pointer to put the Bears (13-4, 7-1) back in the lead and a layup by Dominique Lee gave Northern Colorado a 59-50 lead with 7:06 to play.
The closest Sacramento State would get the rest of the way was six points, coming on a Dylan Garrity jumper with 27 seconds left.
The Bears got 17 points from Tim Huskisson. Derrick Barden had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, Wilson scored 11 points and Corey Spence distributed four assists as the Bears remained tied with Weber State for the conference lead.
Cody Demps and McKinney each scored 16 points for the Hornets, with McKinney also handing out six assists. Garrity added 14 points, but the Hornets got absolutely hammered on the glass, being outrebounded 37-20. No Hornet had more than three rebounds (Alex Tiffin, Zach Mills, Demps and Jordan Salley).
Sacramento State was 23-for-49 (46.9 percent) overall, 6-for-20 (30 percent) from 3-point land and 10-for-12 (83.3 percent) at the foul line. Northern Colorado was 21-for-49 (42.9 percent), 4-for-13 (30.8 percent) and 26-for-31 (83.9 percent).
Each team turned the ball over 10 times.
The Hornets return home to The Nest on Thursday for a 7:05 p.m. Pacific matchup with Idaho State (7-10, 4-4).