AAA  Nov. 25, 2015 11:59 PM ET
UNC, Hill cash out early in loss to Nebraska-Omaha
Samuel G. Mustari, Greeley Tribune, Colo. (TNS)
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B.J. Hill had seen enough, anyway.

He may have been better off chillin’ somewhere else in the Bank of Colorado Arena than watching his University of Northern Colorado men’s basketball team all but implode in a 105-85 loss to the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Wednesday night before a sparse crowd of 1,106.

Hill’s frustration spilled over in an exchange with the officials with 30 seconds left in the first half.

The result was a technical on the UNC bench and two on Hill, who was shown the door.

The loss drops the Bears to 1-4 while UNO is 3-2.

When official Jimmy Casas issued a technical foul on the UNC bench, Hill responded with, “That’s the second best call you’ve made all night.”

That was enough for Hill to receive a T. He then replied, “You’re just mad because I’m right.”

That was good enough for a second T from official Jeff Wooten, who directed Hill to leave the court. Hill disgustedly walking away.

Oh, by the way, the Bears turned in their worst performance of the season, evidenced by the same issues that have plagued the them all season long: patience, ability to impact the game in other ways than scoring and poor decisions.

“I was pretty frustrated,” Hill understated. “I want to apologize (to) the university and our administration for getting kicked out. I shouldn’t have done that.”

Hill’s Bears shouldn’t have dug themselves such a big hole early on, either.

The Mavericks put the game away early, building a 24-9 lead in the first six minutes, combining inside presence Jake White (25 points) with dead-eye shooting on the perimeter from Devon Patterson (16 points) and Tra-Deon Hollins.

The Bears never fully recovered from a 28-point first-half deficit that would have been worse had it not been for 15 points from Anthony Johnson.

“When you get down that much, so quick, it’s very frustrating,” said Johnson, who finished with a team-high 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots. “That’s when we have to come together. It was hard to stay focused.”

Hill met with the Bears on Monday and Tuesday to discuss simplifying the approach, which should have worked to Bears’ advantage with such a young squad.

“We have to carry that (talk) over to the game,” said UNC sophomore forward Spencer Mathis, who had a career-high 12 points and five rebounds. “

With Hill in the locker room and assistant coach Joel Davidson calling the shots, the Bears showed some signs of improvement in the second half, but Nebraska-Omaha had it in cruise control, eventually leading by 36 with 14:06 left to play.

Tre’Shawn Thurman, White, Devin Patterson and reserve Daniel Meyer combined for 70 points as the Mavericks shot 50.8 percent from the floor while UNC struggled to a 39.7 shooting percentage.

“Our coach does a wonderful job of going over everything,” said Johnson, who was one of five Bears in double figures. “We knew exactly what plays (Omaha) would run, and every move they would make.

“When we make mental mistakes, he gets frustrated. He does his part, and now it’s our job to go out and execute it.”

The Bears were without starting guard Cameron Michael, who suffered a concussion in Tuesday’s practice.

He’s expected to miss several games. It’s the second concussion Michael has suffered this season.

“That’s not an excuse, though,” Hill said.

Some of the Bears’ ineptness is expected by Hill, who knows that inexperience is going to take its toll.


UNO’S Tre’Shawn Thurman was good for 17 points, seven rebounds, three assists, three blocks and a steal — all in 25 minutes.


It honestly came in the fist six minutes when UNO hit its first three baskets while UNC was totally out of sync.

On one in-bounds play in the first minute, the Bears were forced to call a timeout when everybody except the player throwing the ball in had already moved downcourt.


There’s more room than expected for improvement as the Bears travel to the University of Colorado for a 1 p.m. game Sunday at the Coors Events Center.

UNO 64 41 — 105

UNC 31 54 — 85

UNO — Tre’Shawn Thurman 5 5-6 17, Jake White 8 9-9 25, Devin Patterson 3 8-8 16, Zach Jackson 2 2-2 8, Tra-Deon Hollins 3 2-4 8, JT Gibson 3 0-0 8, Randy Reed 2 2-2 6, Kyler Erickson 0 1-2 1, Tim Smallwood 1 1-1 3, Alex Allbery 0 1-2 1, Devin Newsome 0 0-0 0, Daniel Meyer 5 2-3 12. Totals 32-63 33-39 105.

UNC — Tanner Morgan 0 0-0 0, Jeremy Verhagen 4 2-3 10, Jordan Davis 4 3-3 11, Anthony Johnson 4 9-11 20, Jordan Wilson 1 9-11 12, Tyler Loose 1 0-2 3, Jamal Evans 1 0-0 2, Ibrahim Sylla 2 3-4 7, Spencer Mathis 5 2-2 1`2, Miles Seward 3 0-0 8.

3-point field goals — UNO 8-20 ( Thurman 2, Patterson 2, Jackson 2, Gibson 2). UNC 7-21 (Johnbson 3, Seward 2, Wilson, Loose).

Total fouls — UNO 24. UNC 21.

Technical fouls — UNC bench, UNC coach B.H. Hill 2.

Rebounds — UNO 39 (Thurman 7, Hollins 5, Meyer 5). UNC 44 (Johnson 8, Sylla 6, Mathis 5, Verhagen 5).

Assists — UNO 17 (Hollins 5, Patterson 4, Thurman 3, Gibson 3). UNC 14 (Davis, Wilson 5, Loose 2).

Turnovers — UNO 11 (Hollins 2, Newsome 2, Pirog 2). UNC 17 (Johnson 4, Seward 3, Davis 3, Wilson 2).

Blocked shots — UNO 7 (Pirog 3, Thurkan 3, Jackson). UNC 9 (Sylla 3, Morgan 2, Johnson 2).

Steals — UNO 11 (Hollins 6, Patterson 2). UNC 3 (Johnson, Wilson, Seward).

Points in paint — UNO 42, UNC 28.

Points off turnovers — UNO 24, UNC 18,

Second-chance points — UNO 21, UNC 13.

Fast-break points — UNO 12, UNC 4.

Bench points — UNO 31, UNC 32.

Attendance — 1,106.


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