GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Devon Beitzel tied a career high with 32 points to help Northern Colorado wrap up the Big Sky Conference title with an 84-54 win over Sacramento State on Wednesday night.
It was the first conference crown for Northern Colorado (19-10, 13-3) in more than two decades, when the squad was a member of the Division II North Central Conference.
Elliott Lloyd, Tate Unruh and Mike Proctor contributed nine points each for the surging Bears, who've won five in a row.
Jackson Carbajal led the Hornets (7-21, 4-12) with 17 points, while Alpha N'Diaye grabbed 15 rebounds.
As the conference champions, Northern Colorado will host the Big Sky semifinals and championship next week with a spot in the NCAA tournament on the line.
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