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Denver Rallies for First-Ever Victory at IUPUI

Jan. 21, 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS
– The University of Denver men’s basketball team overcame a sluggish first half en route to a 78-74 win on Saturday at IUPUI. The victory pushed the Pioneers’ record to 12-8 (4-3 Summit League) on the season, while the Jaguars fell to 9-12 (3-4 SL) with the loss.

The win marked the first time that DU has been victorious at IUPUI in four all-time meetings.

The contest featured 10 ties and 17 lead changes.

Sophomore Joe Rosga led Denver with a game-high 19 points and four assists.

Daniel Amigo, playing limited minutes due to foul problems, chipped in with 18 points and six rebounds.

Both teams traded baskets in the opening minutes before IUPUI went up five after a 3 from Ron Patterson, a little less than six minutes in. It was the first points of the game for the Indianapolis native.

Amigo began to take over on the offensive end shortly after, scoring five quick points to tie things up at 15 and bringing his point total to seven in the first 20 minutes. The junior big man did so with a baby hook in the lane and a 3-pointer from the left corner on two consecutive possessions.

The back-and-forth battle between the two teams continued with each taking the lead several times.

Amigo’s explosive first half continued after a layup at the 3:53 mark that put DU up by four and gave the 6-foot-10 center 13 points on the afternoon.

A 9-2 run from the Jaguars in the closing moments of the half allowed for them to take a five-point lead into the break, 43-38.

Amigo and Rosga had it going in the opening frame for Denver, with each scoring in double figures.


 

 

Despite a hot-shooting period from IUPUI, the Pioneers kept themselves close with good offense of their own, shooting 50 percent from the field in the half.

The Jaguars came out fast in the second half, racing to a seven-point edge before Denver pulled itself back within two after a layup from C.J. Bobbitt made the score 52-50.

An 8-2 run from the Pioneers put them up by four nearly midway through the half. The run was capped off by a pair of made free throws from Jake Pemberton.

DU went cold then went cold for several minutes, but got several stops on the defensive end to keep IUPUI from pulling away for good.

Baskets from Pemberton and Bobbitt got Denver back up by three with five minutes left in the half, forcing the Jaguars to take a time out and regroup.

The Pioneers made the plays that mattered most down the stretch, coming up with key stops on defense and converting at the foul line, securing their twelfth victory. 

First Time for Everything
DU was able to knock off IUPUI on the road for the first time due to a huge second half from its core players. Head coach Rodney Billups and his staff have had the magic touch this year when it comes to making halftime adjustments and getting solid performances from his team in the final 20 minutes.

Up Next
Denver returns to Magness Arena for a match-up with South Dakota State on Wednesday. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. MT and can be seen on Altitude 2.

 

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