Pioneers Fall at Jackrabbits
Rosga scores team-high 19 in loss
Jan. 13, 2018
BROOKINGS, S.D. – The University of Denver men's basketball team couldn’t keep up in a loss to South Dakota State on Saturday at Frost Arena, falling 94-72. The defeat dropped the Pioneers to 7-11 (1-3 Summit League) on the year, while the Jackrabbits improved to 16-5 (4-0 SL) with the win.
Joe Rosga led DU with a team-high 19 points to go with four rebounds.
Daniel Amigo, again coming off the bench, provided productive minutes, scoring 17 points and pulling down nine rebounds.
Ade Murkey set a new career high, chipping in 15 points, his fourth double-digit scoring game in the last five.
Reigning Summit League Player of the Year Mike Daum tallied a game-high 34 points while pulling down eight rebounds. The redshirt junior was hot from deep, going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.
South Dakota State went to work early, jumping out to a 12-4 advantage just over five minutes into the first half. The Jackrabbits did it with balanced scoring, having four of their starters score during the stretch.
A 3 from Tevin King made it an 18-point lead for SDSU at the 6:56 mark in the period, giving him five points on the afternoon.
Denver started to get some momentum, cutting the lead to 13 after a pull-up jumper from Murkey made it 35-22 and gave the Minneapolis, Minn. native six in the game.
South Dakota State found some separation, going up 45-26 at the break.
Daum was a force in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 21 points of 7-of-10 shooting from the field, which included three 3s.
The Pioneers were held to just 40.6 percent (13-for-32) shooting in the period.
The second wasn’t much different, as DU couldn’t get enough stops on the defensive end to generate some momentum and get into the Jackrabbits’ lead.
Denver got to within 15 after a 3 from Rosga made it 71-56 in favor of SDSU, giving the junior 1,100 career points, putting him in a tie for 26th on the all-time scoring list.
South Dakota State, though, quickly extended its lead back to 23 after a pair of free throws from Daum, upping his point total to 34.
The Jackrabbits kept the high lead the rest of the way, locking up the victory and remaining unbeaten in league play.
Denver returns to the hardwood for part two of its four-game road trip with two more road contests next week. First up, a showdown with Omaha on Jan. 18. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. MT.
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