GREELEY, Colo. -- Paul Garnica gave the Bears the lift they were looking for, scoring 21 points in 21 minutes off the bench including six 3-pointers for Northern Colorado in a 78-63 victory over Idaho State on Thursday night.
Northern Colorado (5-13, 3-7 Big Sky) hit 15 total 3-pointers against the Bengals, had 19 assists and shot 56.2 percent from the field, making 27 of 48 attempts.
Nick Mason hit a 3-pointer to close out the first half for Idaho State and cut Northern Colorado's lead to one, 29-28, but the Bears opened the second half with a 37-17 run to put the Bengals away.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble, considered a lock to leave the program before struggling in the second half last season, has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.