Denver's Streak Comes to End in Loss at Fort Wayne
Pioneers with three players in double figures
Feb. 3, 2018
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Denver men’s basketball team saw its three-game winning streak come to an end on Saturday, falling 91-63 at Fort Wayne. The Pioneers fell to 10-13 (4-5 Summit League) on the year, while the Mastodons improved to 16-10 (5-4 SL).
DU got sloppy with the ball, something it had shored up during the win streak, finishing with 20 turnovers in the contest.
Jake Pemberton led the Crimson and Gold with a team-high 12 points.
The combination of Bryson Scott and John Konchar led the way for FW. The duo recorded 43 points, 10 assists and eight steals in the victory.
Denver opened with a 5-0 run to start after a pair of made baskets from Pemberton and Murkey before Fort Wayne responded with eight straight points to go into the first media timeout leading by three. The quick start was the only time they held the lead on the afternoon.
The Mastodons pushed the lead to nine after a Konchar steal and score at the 12:40 mark.
The Pioneers, though, fought back, making it a two-possession game after a 3 from Jake Krafka, his first points of the contest with just under six minutes left in the first half.
FW picked up the defense over the final minutes, allowing it to go into the half up by 13 at 42-29.
Turnovers plagued DU in the first 20 minutes, finishing with 13 in the period.
A 7-4 start in the first four minutes of the second half jumped the Fort Wayne lead up to 16.
The Mastodons stepped on the gas from there, building their lead to as many as 30 en route to picking up the victory.
Possession is Nine-Tenths of the Law
The Crimson and Gold got careless with the ball on Saturday, ending up with 20 turnovers, with 13 coming in the first half. It was the first time since at Omaha that the Pioneers had turned it over that much. DU is 2-5 this year when it has at least 20 turnovers in a game.
Denver heads home for two games next week at Magness Arena. First up, the Pioneers take on South Dakota State on Feb. 8 and can be seen on Altitude 2 at 7 p.m. MT.
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