GREELEY, Colo. -- Connor Osborne scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack, and Northern Colorado dominated Southwest 127-81 on Saturday in the Bears' season opener.
Osborne was 8 of 9 from the field for the Bears, who started the game on a 14-2 run and never looked back. Paul Garnica added 18 points, Tim Huskisson had 16, and Bryce Douvier scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. UNC made 71 percent of its shots, including 11 of its 20 3-point attempts.
The Bears, picked to finish third in the Big Sky Conference this season in the media poll after a seventh-place finish last season, led 70-40 at halftime and by as many as 47 in the second half.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.