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Pioneers Outpace Leathernecks, 84-70

Jan. 11, 2017

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DENVER
– The University of Denver men’s basketball team used stifling defense on Wednesday in an 84-70 victory against Western Illinois in Magness Arena.  The win snapped a two-game losing streak and pushed the Pioneers’ record to 10-7 (2-2 Summit League) on the season while the Leathernecks fell to 6-10 (3-2 SL).

All five starters scored in double figures for the first time this year for the Crimson and Gold.

Joe Rosga led the charge with a game-high 25 points and a career-high nine rebounds. It was the sixth game this season scoring at least 20 for the St. Paul, Minn. native.

Daniel Amigo chipped in with 13 points and seven rebounds.

WIU was led by 17 from senior Garret Covington.

Both teams came sprinting out of the gate, resulting in a fast-paced open with Denver taking a one-point lead at the first media timeout. Jake Pemberton scored four points in the opening minutes before heading to the bench with foul trouble.

The Pioneers found separation coming out of the break thanks to an 11-0 run that was capped off by a Thomas Neff jumper, extending the lead to 10.

Western Illinois fought its way back into the contest later in the half, taking only its second lead of the night at 35-34 behind a trey from Delo Bruster with less than four minutes on the clock.

DU rebounded and closed on a flurry, using a 9-2 run over the final 3:16 to take a six-point lead into the locker room.

Stellar shooting resulted in Denver putting 43 on the scoreboard in the first 20 minutes. It was the fifth time this year the Pioneers have scored at least 40 in the first half.

DU rebuilt its lead back up to 10 after another strong start in the opening minutes of the second stanza.

The Leathernecks worked their way back into the game, cutting Denver’s lead to three after a layup from Buster, upping his total to 11.

A 10-0 run midway through the half gave the Pioneers an 11-point lead, highlighted by a monstrous two-hand jam from Duke Douglas over WIU’s Brandon Gilbeck.

DU’s lead got to 13 after a perimeter shot from Rosga to beat the shot clock with 2:47 remaining in regulation, giving the sophomore 21 points on the evening.

Denver held on the rest of the way to get the win, snapping a two-game losing streak in league play. 

Defense, Defense and More Defense
The offense stayed in gear but the defensive effort from the Pioneers was the key to the game. Denver held Covington, the second leading scorer in the Summit League, to 4-for-18 shooting in the win and locked down the Leathernecks as a team, limiting them to 30.3 percent shooting from the field in the second half. 

Up Next
Denver closes out its week at home with a contest against North Dakota State on Saturday. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. MT and can be seen on Altitude 2.

 

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