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FILE: Southern Utah's James McGee scored 17 points in the T-Birds' 97-80 loss to Northern Colorado on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

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.

“We defended for a stretch there in the first half, and then as Spight and Johnson got hot we struggled, and they got too many points off turnovers on our end,” SUU coach Todd Simon said in a press release.

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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.

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