Bobbitt's Buzzer-Beater Lifts Pioneers Past Mastodons

Feb. 4, 2017

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DENVER
– The University of Denver men’s basketball team avenged an earlier loss to Fort Wayne on Saturday, getting an overtime buzzer-beater from C.J. Bobbitt to seal the win at 76-73. The Pioneers improved to 15-9 (7-4 Summit League) on the year while the Mastodons fell to 16-8 (5-5 SL).

The sophomore forward from Harker Heights, Texas connected for 12 points in the contest on only two three-pointers, the second of which came in the extra period.

Daniel Amigo led all players in the game with 22 points on 8-for-13 shooting to go with seven rebounds in 35 minutes on the floor.

Thomas Neff was the other Pioneer with over 20 in the afternoon, finishing with 21 points on 7-for-15 from the field, including 5-for-9 from beyond the arc, coupled with five rebounds and two assists. The 21 points tied a career high for the for the former Arvada West standout.

John Konchar led the Dons in scoring with 20 points on 6-for-13 from the field alongside 13 rebounds, while Mo Evans finished with 18 points, five assists and four rebounds before fouling out after 35 minutes.

A quick start from Amigo helped guide Denver to a 12-6 advantage by the first media timeout. The El Paso, Texas native scored seven straight in the opening minutes for the Pioneers.

A 3-pointer from Jake Pemberton pushed the DU lead to nine shortly after the 12-minute mark, giving him his first basket of the afternoon. The 3 was the third make from beyond the arc by Denver in the contest.

Fort Wayne worked its way back into the game late in the first half, closing fast to make it a six-point Pioneer lead at the half, 35-29.

Defense was the key for DU in the first frame, holding the Mastodons to just 35.7 percent shooting going into the locker room.

Fort Wayne chipped away at Denver’s lead early in the second half, tying things up at 43 apiece with 15:42 remaining on a trey from DeAngelo Stewart, upping his total to five in the contest.

Denver used an 11-4 run over the next four minutes for a six-point advantage at 54-47, getting key shots from Amigo, Neff and Pemberton in the span.

The Mastodons ran right back into the game, using a 13-0 run to retake the lead at 60-54 midway through the period.

A coast-to-coast layup from Joe Rosga tied things up at 61 with less than five minutes to play, giving the sophomore nine on the afternoon.

The Pioneers came up with a big stop late to get the final possession with 29 seconds left in regulation, but Rosga’s last-second shot was blocked by Kason Harrell, forcing overtime.

Neither side could connect from the field at the start of the extra period as DU missed its first four shots of overtime while Fort Wayne failed to connect on its first attempt.

Jordan King broke the drought for both sides with a running layup at 3:18 to put the Dons up 71-69, yet Denver got a pair of free throws from Amigo to even things once against at 71-71.

Both teams traded baskets yet again before Denver had the final possession in the last 10 seconds, missing on a Rosga layup before a game of hot-potato under the basket found the ball in Bobbitt’s hands at the arc and the subsequent shot found the bottom of the net before the buzzer, cementing the win at 76-73. 

Up Next
DU heads back on the road for a two-game trip next weekend. First up, a trip to Fargo for a game at North Dakota State next Saturday. Tip is scheduled for 1 p.m. MT.

 

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