9:00 PM ET, March 9, 2011
Butler-Hancock Hall, Greeley, Colorado
GREELEY, Colo. -- Devon Beitzel scored 13 of his 27 points over the final 5 minutes, helping top-seeded Northern Colorado earn a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history with a 65-60 win over Montana on Wednesday night in the finals of the Big Sky tournament.The Bears (21-10) have only been postseason-eligible since 2007 after moving up from the Division II ranks.
• Northern Colorado won the Big Sky championship and clinched a berth in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
• The Bears moved from Division II to Division I in the 2003-04 season, joined the conference in 2006 and weren't eligible to play for conference and NCAA championships until 2007-08.
• Northern Colorado is 14-0 at home this season, including two wins against Montana.
• The Bears become the 13th team to clinch an automatic berth to the NCAA tournament.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
NCAA Tournament Automatic Bids
Teams that have clinched automatic bids to the 2011 men's NCAA tournament:
|Morehead State||Ohio Valley|
|Indiana State||Missouri Valley|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||Sun Belt|
|Northern Colorado||Big Sky|
|Boston University||America East|
|San Diego State||Mountain West|
|UC Santa Barbara||Big West|
|Ohio State||Big Ten|
Big Sky Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-48 (.438)||18-43 (.419)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-18 (.333)||8-20 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-19 (.632)||21-35 (.600)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||29 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|