Rosga and Amigo shine as DU sweeps NDSU
Duo team up to combine for 45 of Denver's 66 points
Feb. 10, 2018
MBB v North Dakota State (10 FEB 18) - Highlights
DENVER – The University of Denver men’s basketball team held off a late surge from North Dakota State on Saturday, winning 66-63 in Magness Arena. The win moved the Pioneers’ record to 11-14 (5-6 Summit League) on the season while the Bison dropped to 12-14 (4-7 SL).
The victory also gave DU the season sweep in the series, the first time they have done it since joining the Summit League back in 2013.
Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo stepped up to provide the Crimson and Gold with scoring. The two combined for 45 points. Rosga led the way with a team-high 26 points, making him just the 18th player in program history with over 1,200 career points.
NDSU couldn’t buy a shot for most of the afternoon, finishing at 36.5 percent shooting on the day.
Tyson Ward led the Bison with a game-high 28 points.
A strong start from Amigo helped power Denver out to a 13-10 lead by the first media timeout. The Texas big man had it dialed in on the offensive end, scoring seven points on three straight possessions which was highlighted by a two-handed jam after a great lob from Jake Krafka.
The Pioneers kept the pressure on the entire half, leading for 14:50 of the period, and fighting off a couple runs from North Dakota State late to take a seven-point advantage into the break, 31-24.
Rosga had it rolling in the first 20 minutes, going 3-for-6 for 10 points, which included an impressive performance from beyond the arc.
Key to the success in the first half was forcing the Bison into tough shots on several occasions, which resulted in them shooting just 32.0 percent from the field (8-for-25).
A 10-5 NDSU run to open the second half made it a one-possession game by the under-16 media timeout.
DU responded though, extending their lead back to eight after a jumper from Jake Pemberton at the 10:30 mark, upping his total to five in the game.
Denver got its big lead of the day on a 3 from Rosga with just under seven minutes remaining in regulation, putting it up by 13.
Then North Dakota State started chipping away, using big baskets from Paul Miller and Ward to cut the Pioneer lead to two with just one minute left on the clock.
Two clutch free throws from Rosga, who came into the game ranked sixth in the country in free-throw percentage, put DU up by four.
DU came up with a game-sealing stop at the end after Miller missed a 3 with four seconds left, locking up the win.
Denver keeps the homestand going with two more games next week. First up, a contest against Omaha on Feb. 14. Tip is set for 7 p.m. and can be seen on Altitude 2.
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