Spight scores 40 as Northern Colorado thumps Southern Utah 97-80

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) — Andre Spight had 40 points and Anthony Johnson added 25 as Northern Colorado completed its home schedule with a 97-80 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night.

The Bears were slow getting started, taking their first lead 16-14 after a Spight layup with 8:01 remaining in the first half. They never trailed again, taking a 38-33 lead into the break. They pushed their advantage to 58-43 following a Kai Edward’s layup at the 14:15 mark. Northern Colorado (18-10, 9-6), which is in fifth place in the Big Sky Conference standings, maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way.

Spight was just one point short of his career high, hitting 12 of 25 field-goal attempts and making 13 of 15 from the line. He also dished out six assists with four steals. Johnson drained 5 of 9 from long range. Jordan Davis added 11 points.

Southern Utah’s James McGee moved to No. 6 on SUU’s all-time scoring list. The Thunderbird senior has totaled 1,253 points in his career with his 17 scored Saturday night.

Former BYU forward Jamal Aytes led Southern Utah (10-15, 4-10) with 19 points.

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