UC Riverside (2-6) managed to hold on the victory despite making just 21 of 45 free throws. Taylor Johns grabbed 12 rebounds for the Highlanders.
Tate Unruh was one of four Northern Colorado (1-4) in double figures, leading the Bears with 17 points. Tevin Svihovec scored 13 points, Tim Huskisson had 12 and Derrick Barden pitched in with 11. Barden Also grabbed 14 rebounds and was effective at the defensive end, coming up with four steals.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
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.