Pioneers Soar Over Golden Eagles
Denver goes wire-to-wire in win; Amigo with game-high 20 points
Jan. 20, 2018
TULSA, Okla. – The University of Denver men's basketball team closed out its four-game road trip on a high note, knocking off Oral Roberts 73-64 in the Mabee Center on Saturday. The win jumped the Pioneers’ record 8-12 (2-4 Summit League) on the season, while the Golden Eagles slipped to 7-15 (3-4 SL).
Daniel Amigo delivered a game-high 20 points off the bench for DU on an efficient 9-of-12 shooting (75 percent).
The Crimson and Gold got some good production from the bench, who chipped in 31 points, with several baskets coming at crucial times.
Austin Ruder led ORU with a team-high 16 points.
Denver got the start it was looking for, jumping out to an 11-0 lead by the 13:30 mark. The Pioneers had good ball movement and open looks to start against the zone that Oral Roberts deployed.
Ade Murkey highlighted the run with another monstrous dunk in transition against a Golden Eagle defender, making it 9-0 and sending the DU bench into a frenzy.
A 3-pointer from Pemberton with 11:32 left gave Denver its largest lead at that point of 12 and gave the sophomore his second made triple of the night.
Rosga got the Pioneers’ lead back to 12 after his 3 with 3:45 left until the half, giving him his fifth point in the game.
Denver continued its strong play by going up nine at the half, 34-25.
The Pioneers’ defense really stepped up in the first 20 minutes, holding ORU to just 38.5 percent.
Passing was also key, as DU had 10 assists on its first 14 made field goals.
Oral Roberts came out swinging to start the second half, going on a 7-0 run less than three minutes into the period to force the Crimson and Gold to take a timeout.
An Albert Owens layup tied things up at 50-50 at the 9:28 mark. It was the first time that since opening tip the contest had been tied.
Denver immediately responded with a game-changing 6-0 run to make it a two-possession game after a pair of free throws from Pemberton, upping his total to 12.
Pioneers pushed lead back into double digits after a Rosga jumper with just over six minutes remaining in regulation.
The Golden Eagles got to within five after a layup with 57 seconds left but DU hung on and made its free throws to lock up the win.
Denver now heads home for a stretch of six of the next eight games in Magness Arena. First up, a meeting with Western Illinois on Jan. 25. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on Altitude TV.
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