Bison run away from Pioneers in second half

Feb. 11, 2017

BOX SCORE

FARGO, N.D.  
– The University of Denver men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome a sluggish shooting performance on Saturday, falling 81-63 to North Dakota State in Summit League action. The Pioneers dropped to 15-10 (7-5 SL) with the loss, while the Bison improved to 17-8 (9-3 SL) on the year.

The loss made it a split in the season series between the two teams, with each winning on its home court.

Joe Rosga led the charge for DU, finishing with a team-high 16 points to go with five rebounds.

Junior Daniel Amigo narrowly missed out on his eighth double-double of the year with 14 points and eight boards in the loss.

Denver’s 35.0 field-goal percentage set a new season low on the year.

NDSU’s Khy Kabellis scored a game-high 17 in 27 minutes of action.

The Pioneers opened the contest cold, going down 7-2 by the first media timeout. DU came out and picked up two quick fouls by Amigo and missed four of its first five attempts during the opening stretch.

The sluggish start lingered for Denver, allowing North Dakota State to build a 14-point lead less than seven minutes into the game.

A 7-0 run for the Pioneers cut the Bison lead to nine midway through the opening half, highlighted by baskets from Amigo, Rosga and C.J. Bobbitt.

The rally by DU continued, closing to within one after a 3 from Rosga made it 21-20 NDSU, upping the sophomore’s total to 11 on the day.

North Dakota State held on to the lead the rest of the half to take a five-point advantage into the break at 35-30.


 

 

Denver shot an uncharacteristic 16.7 percent from beyond the arc in the opening frame, going 2-for-12.

The combination of Rosga and Amigo kept the Pioneers afloat, with the duo combining to score 24 in the first 20 minutes of action.

Once again, the Bison got off to a hot start to open the second half, immediately pushing their lead back into double digits less than three minutes in the period.

The solid play continued for NDSU, who extended its lead to 20 after a made free throw from Kabellis at the 9:42 mark.

North Dakota State never allowed DU to threaten the rest of the way, going on the pick up the victory. 

On to the Next One
Denver had its first bad offense night in over a month on Saturday, highlighted by the season low in shooting percentage. The Pioneers just couldn’t make their open looks and had their offense look disjointed at other times due to some good defense played by the Bison.

Up Next
DU closes out its two-game road trip with a visit to Macomb, Ill. for a meeting with Western Illinois. Tip-off is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. MT and can be seen on ESPN 3.  

 

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