LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - University of Denver senior guard Brian Stafford (Walnut Creek, Calif.) scored a game-high 19 points, but the Pioneers fell 64-57 to Arkansas-Little Rock at Jack Stephens Center on Saturday night.
"We started really well defensively, but our offense let us down," head coach Joe Scott said. "When you go on the road against a team that's playing well, like they are, you have to take advantage of your opportunities. We didn't take advantage, and UALR did. We were inconsistent, especially with our turnovers and three-point shooting. We just weren't clicking tonight."
Freshman guard Brett Olson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) had 14 points for the Pioneers (16-6, 6-3 SBC), and sophomore forward Chris Udofia (Irving, Texas) added 11 points and nine rebounds, equaling the rebounding of junior guard Chase Hallam (Mesquite, Texas).
The Pioneers started the game strong, scoring the first six points and holding UALR scoreless for the first 5:28 of the game. However, the Trojans (10-13, 7-2 SBC) went on an-8-0 run and took a 29-24 advantage at halftime.
Stafford hit a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 33-32 with 16:36 to play, but UALR responded with a 13-4 run to stretch the lead back to 10 points.
DU shot 46.5 percent (20-of-43) from the field, including 30.0 percent (6-of-20) from three-point range. UALR was 19-of-43 (44.2 percent) from the field and 4-of-10 (40.0 percent) from three-point range. Denver hit 73.3 percent of its 15 free throws, while UALR went 22-of-35 (62.9 percent) from the line.
Denver heads to Louisiana-Lafayette to face the Ragin' Cajuns on Thursday at 6 p.m. MT. The game can be heard live on Pioneer Vision, Mile High Sports Radio AM 1510 or FM 93.7, and via a live blog available at DenverPioneers.com.
NOTES: Four of DU's six losses have come on Saturdays...tonight's loss was the first of the season when Denver holds an opponent under 65 points...DU dropped to a second-place tie in the Sun Belt Conference West Division with North Texas and Louisiana-Lafayette. UALR moved into sole possession of first place.