Men's Basketball


Denver Topples League-Leading North Dakota State, 79-55

Jan. 14, 2017

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-- The University of Denver men's basketball team gave head coach Rodney Billups the best birthday gift he could've asked for, a 79-55 victory on Saturday over North Dakota State. The win put the Pioneers at 11-7 (3-2 Summit League) on the year, while the Bison fell to 12-6 (4-1 SL) with the loss.

DU was led Daniel Amigo, who recorded his seventh double-double of the season in the win, finishing with a game-high 28 points and 12 rebounds in 26 minutes on the floor.

Amigo was one of four starters to score in double figures for the Crimson and Gold as Joe Rosga, C.J. Bobbitt and Thomas Neff each added 10 points.

Amigo went to work early in the contest, scoring eight of Denver's first 12 points. The El Paso, Texas native worked through the post, showcasing his diverse skillset, resulting in an efficient 4-of-5 shooting to start.

A defensive battle broke out from there, as the Pioneers limited North Dakota State to 6-for-19 shooting (32 percent) through 13 minutes of action. The stringent defense allowed DU to extend the lead to six after a perimeter shot from Rosga, giving the St. Paul, Minn. native five in the half.

Denver pushed the lead to 13 after a pair of made free throws from Amigo at the 5:22 mark.

The Pioneers dialed it up in the final three minutes heading into the break, firing off a 15-4 game-changing run to take a 20-point lead into the locker rooms at 43-23.

The 23 points by the Bison tied the second fewest total DU has allowed in a half this season.

NDSU came out firing in the second half, narrowing the Pioneers' lead to 16 only five minutes into the period. North Dakota State's strong start forced four Denver turnovers, matching the total it had in the opening frame.

The Pioneers pushed their lead back to 20 after big layup from Bobbitt at the 14:26 mark, giving the Harker Heights, Texas native seven on the afternoon.

DU never let up as Amigo capped off the final eight points of the game for the Crimson and Gold from inside the paint, including a tip-in and a powerful two-handed slam to provide the exclamation point on the Pioneers' 79-55 victory. 

Complete Effort
Coach Billups and his staff had their team ready to go in the high-stakes match-up. The Denver players responded to their coach's challenge to rise up for this game, turning in quite possibly the best all-around performance of the 2016-17 campaign. 

Up Next
Denver heads out on the road for two games next week, first with a game against Omaha on Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. MT.


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