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Pioneers Fall in High-Scoring Contest with Mavericks

Jan. 18, 2017

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OMAHA
– Despite a career-high 17 points from reserve guard Bradley George, the University of Denver men’s basketball fell late to Omaha in a high-scoring affair on Wednesday, 97-88. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 11-8 (3-3 Summit League) on the season, while the Mavericks improved to 11-9 (4-3 SL) with the win.

The 88 points scored were a new season high on the year, as was the 97 allowed.

Joe Rosga finished with a team-high 18 points. The 6-foot-3 guard was one of four DU players to score at least 15 on the night, joining George (17), Daniel Amigo (16) and C.J. Bobbitt (15).

Marcus Tyus powered the Omaha attack with a game-high 30 points.

The Mavericks also got 24 points from Tra-Deon Hollins.

A couple 3s early from Omaha helped give it a nine-point lead within six minutes of the opening tip. The long-range attack was captained by Mitch Hahn and Tyus, who each knocked down two from beyond the arc.

The Mavericks pushed their lead to 11 after a jumper from Tre’Shawn Thurman at the 8:45 mark, giving him his first bucket of the night.

Denver, though, battled its way back into this one by dialing up its defensive pressure and forcing Omaha into some tough shots. The Pioneers made it a two-possession game after a great sequence on offense got Jake Pemberton an easy jumper from the baseline to make it 36-30 with 3:30 left in the half.


 

 

A late 8-0 run in the final 90 seconds of the period gave the Mavericks a 14-point advantage at the break, 48-34.

DU’s solid shooting was the only thing that kept them close in the first 20 minutes, knocking down 55.6 percent of its shots (15-for-27) in the half.

In the second half, both teams traded buckets before a 6-0 Denver run brought itself to within 10 at 60-50 six minutes in. Amigo got himself going a little to start the half, scoring six points during the stretch.

A three-point assault from Omaha once again allowed for them to get some separation from the Pioneers. The Mavericks knocked down their first five 3s in the frame.

Back-to-back scores from Christian Mackey brought DU within 11 midway through the half. The New Mexico native got his baskets using pump fakes and going to the opposite side of the basket down in the paint and scoring.

Denver continued to hang around, cutting the Omaha lead back to single digits after a 3-pointer from George made it 80-72 Mavericks. The 3 gave the Houston native nine in the contest, setting a career high.

Another 3 from George and a basket by Bobbitt pulled the Pioneers within five with only three minutes left in regulation.

That would be as close as DU would get, as the Mavericks kept making timely shots to hold the lead and secure the win. 

Up Next
Denver wraps up its week-long road trip on Saturday in Indianapolis. The Pioneers face-off against IUPUI with tip-off set for 11 a.m. MT.

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