DENVER - University of Denver men's basketball senior guard Chase Hallam (Mesquite, Texas) scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds, but the Pioneers were downed 60-53 by Colorado State at Magness Arena on Wednesday night.
Sophomore forward Royce O'Neale (Killeen, Texas) added 16 points and a game-high five assists, while junior forward Chris Udofia (Irving, Texas) and sophomore guard Cam Griffin (San Antonio, Texas) had seven rebounds apiece.
"We took care of the ball tonight, which is a staple for this team. We are struggling offensively right now, which is evident, we aren't shooting the ball well at all," head coach Joe Scott said. "We are competing extremely hard as a team, but we just aren't rewarding ourselves right now."
Denver (1-3) turned the ball over only seven times, but the team shot just 29.5 percent (18-of-61) from the field and 17.2 percent (5-of-29) from three-point range, and the Rams (3-0) outrebounded DU 47-33 in the contest. The Pioneers struggled with foul trouble throughout the game, as four players ended with four fouls and two more had three each.
CSU shot 41.5 percent (22-of-53) from the field and 33.3 percent (5-of-15) from beyond the arc.
The game was back-and-forth through the first 17 minutes, but CSU center Colton Iverson converted a three-point play and followed it with a dunk, sparking a 13-2 run to end the first half. The Rams took a 28-20 lead into the break.
Denver got to within six points with 5:52 remaining in the second half, but CSU held on down the stretch to seal the victory.
Iverson led the Rams with 16 points and 13 rebounds. Dorian Green matched him with 16 points, and Pierce Hornung added 11 rebounds.
The Pioneers have lost two-consecutive games at Magness Arena for the first time since Feb. 21, 2008 and Feb. 24, 2008.
The Pioneers hit the road next week, heading to Southern Mississippi on Nov. 27 and Stanford on Dec. 2.
Individual game tickets are on sale now with prices starting at $9 for adults. DU Students get into the game for free with their Pioneer Card.
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