Northern Colorado fortifies itself as Big Sky front-runner, blows out Weber State

Think fast: Tevin Svihovec and Northern Colorado are back to compete for the Big Sky title. - Troy Babbitt-USA TODAY Sports

Montana loses again, Weber State looks young as the Bears issue a declaration to the Big Sky.

The Northern Colorado Bears are back. After two years of inconsistency, the 2011 Big Sky Champions put the conference on notice Thursday night, handing Weber State a lopsided 70-51 loss. The Bears are now 3-0 early in the long, 20-game conference season.

Tim Huskisson, who was 3-for-4 from behind the arc in the win:

The hot-shooting Bears were 50% from the field and 7-for-15 from three, led by forward Derrick Barden, who scored 21 points on a 10-for-15 performance from the field and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Tevin Svihovec added 15 points for Northern Colorado, who improved to 9-3 overall after posting the only non-conference campaign of note in the Big Sky.

It was the opposite story for Weber, who shot a season-worst 37.8% from the field. Big men Kyle Tresnak (14 points) and Joel Bolomboy (10 points) combined to shoot 12-for-24; all other Wildcats were 5-for-21.

The talented but young Wildcats, now starting two true freshman at point and shooting guard, are now 2-1 in conference play.

EASTERN WASHINGTON 69, MONTANA 62

Just as big is the development for the boys from Missoula. The Montana Grizzlies, who were 34-2 in the Big Sky over the last two seasons, are now 1-2 in the 2013-14 season after losing on the road to Eastern Washington.

Tyler Harvey poured in 25 points to grab the Eagles first Big Sky win of the season after EWU lost to Idaho State and Weber State in the conference's opening week. Keron DeShields scored 17 points for Montana, but the rest of the Grizzlies only shot 40% in his support.

MONTANA STATE 78 PORTLAND STATE 75

Portland State's starters shot 27-for-42 (64.3%), but it wasn't enough to earn the Vikings their first conference win as Montana State held on for the victory. Only three games into the Big Sky Conference campaign, the Bobcats join Northern Colorado as the conference's only undefeated teams.

Antonio Biglow led Montana State with 15 points off the bench, with Paul Egwuonwu and Flavien Davis scoring 12 and 11 respectively.

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