Men's Basketball


Denver’s Explosive 2nd Half Too Much for Oral Roberts

Jan. 31, 2017


– Behind a season-high 59 points in the second half, the University of Denver men’s basketball team ran away from Oral Roberts on Tuesday, winning 93-69 in the Mabee Center. The victory improved the Pioneers to 14-9 (6-4 Summit League) on the season, while the Golden Eagles fell to 7-17 (3-8 SL).

The 93 points marked a new season high.

Jake Pemberton dropped in a team-high 20 points, his second time in the last three games scoring at least 20. The Highlands Ranch native also had six rebounds and four assists.

Daniel Amigo also added 20 for DU.

Aaron Anderson led ORU with a game-high 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting.

A fast start from Oral Roberts allowed for it to jump out to a 10-4 lead by the first media timeout. Control of the glass played a big factor in the quick lead for the Golden Eagles, who grabbed five of the first six rebounds of the contest to get extra possessions and shots against Denver.

A mini 6-0 run brought the Pioneers to within one point midway through the opening half, capped off by a floater from Ade Murkey on the left side of the paint, his first two points of evening.

ORU got some separation late in the half, getting its first double-digit lead after a layup from Anderson. It would be the largest lead they had on the evening.

DU, though, closed with a flurry, going on an 11-2 run to make it a one-point game going into halftime, 35-34 in favor of Oral Roberts. The big run was finished off by a buzzer-beating 3-pointer from Pemberton, upping his total to 10.



The Golden Eagles did most of their damage from inside in the opening 20 minutes, outscoring Denver 20-8 in points in the paint.

In the second half, the Pioneers came out the gate swinging, taking their first lead of the evening at 43-42 after a 3 from Joe Rosga.

A two-hand jam from Duke Douglas at the 13:19 mark gave DU a seven-point edge. The fast-break play was the result of a steal from Amigo and great feed from Pemberton on the break.

A key 3-pointer from C.J. Bobbitt pushed the Denver advantage to nine and gave the Harker Heights, Texas native 10 in the game, his seventh straight game in double figures.

The Pioneers pulled away for good shortly after, pushing their lead into double digits with back-to-back 3-pointers from Thomas Neff and Rosga.

DU never looked back, going on to pick up the win and taking the season series against ORU. 

De-fense, De-fense
Denver has shown that when it can string together a good defensive performance, it is an incredibly hard team to beat this year. The Pioneers are now 13-1 this year when they hold their opponents to under 80 points in a game. 

Up Next
DU heads home for a weekend match-up with Fort Wayne on Saturday. Tip-off is slated for 4 p.m. MT as part of game two of a doubleheader with the women’s team. The contest will also be part of Alumni Weekend for the program.



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