DENVER - University of Denver junior forward Chris Udofia (Irving, Texas) scored 15 points and blocked four shots, leading the Pioneers to their sixth-straight victory with a 73-37 win over the San Jose State Spartans at Magness Arena on Thursday night.
Sophomore Royce O'Neale (Killeen, Texas) tied a season high with 10 rebounds, while adding seven points and five assists for Denver (10-7, 6-1 WAC). Sophomore guard Brett Olson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished with 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting, including 3-for-4 from beyond the arc, and senior guard Chase Hallam (Mesquite, Texas) added six rebounds and five assists.
The Pioneers shot 56.3 percent (27-for-48) from the field and went a perfect 11-for-11 (46.7 percent) from free throw line, and added a season-high eight blocked shots as a team. The Spartans (9-8, 3-3 WAC) shot just 28.0 percent (14-of-50) from the floor and 20.0 percent (2-of-10) from beyond the arc.
"Our defense has been really good for about five weeks," head coach Joe Scott said. "Playing good defense has become a habit. It's how we need to play every single game"
With DU leading 21-16, the Pioneers used a 13-2 run in the final 3:54 seconds of the first half to take a 34-18 lead into to the locker room. The Pioneers were led by Udofia who had 11 points and four blocks. O'Neale added seven points and 7 rebounds.
The Pioneers continued their run in the second half, outscoring the Spartans 19-5 in the first 7:53 to increase the lead to 53-23. The Crimson and Gold shot 17-for-23 (73.9 percent) from the floor and 5-for-8 (62.5 percent) from beyond the arc in the second half.
DU held the Spartans to 25.0 percent (6-of-24) shooting from the field in the first half and forced seven first half turnovers.
Denver hosts Utah State for a Saturday matinee at 4:30 p.m. MT, which will air live on ROOT Sports.
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