Pioneers Run Past Mavericks, 94-78
Rosga explodes for 28 in Denver's wire-to-wire victory
Feb. 14, 2018
DENVER – The University of Denver men’s basketball team continued its solid stretch of play on Wednesday, knocking off Omaha 94-78 in Magness Arena. The Pioneers jumped to 12-14 (6-6 Summit League) on the year, while Omaha slipped to 9-18 (4-7 SL).
The win gave DU a split in the season series with UNO, who fell to 1-5 all-time in the Mile High City.
The Crimson and Gold have now won five of its last seven games.
Joe Rosga rose up on the all-time scoring list, jumping up to 15th after a game-high 28 points. The St. Paul, Minn. native was something else to watch shooting the rock, going 10-for-12 from the field, including a 4-for-5 day from beyond the arc.
Daniel Amigo poured in 21 points in 23 minutes.
Ade Murkey found his offensive rhythm again, tallying 11 points, his fifth game in the last six scoring in double figures, highlighted by a monstrous dunk late to help seal the win.
Denver got it going fast, jumping out to a 10-2 lead to start the game. The Pioneers strong start was helped from Rosga, who got two quick baskets – one an open look from deep and another easy layup in transition.
The Pioneers got some good separation after a 10-0 run put them up 24-14 by the second media timeout. Rosga capped off the run with a layup after some crisp passing by DU on the offensive end.
A dominant final few minutes helped get the Crimson and Gold close out one of its best halves of the year, giving them a 16-point lead at the break, 52-36.
The combination of Amigo and Rosga were nearly unstoppable in the first 20 minutes of action, combining for 34 points, two less than what Omaha scored.
Hot shooting from deep also played a big factor, as the Denver was able to knock down eight 3s in the first half while limiting the Mavericks to just two.
A solid start to the second half saw the Pioneer lead rise to 21 after a layup from Rosga made it 58-37, giving the junior 17 in the contest.
Omaha fought its way back into the game, cutting the Pioneer lead to six after Daniel Norl cruised in for a bucket with just under 10 minutes left.
Solid defense and several key contributions from Krafka, Murkey and Christian Mackey put this one to bed for the Crimson and Gold after that, never allowing UNO any closer than eight the final five minutes of the game.
Not How You Start…
Denver has started to really play some of its best basketball here in the last seven games. The Pioneers are now 5-2 during that stretch and have really started seeing some serious development in their offense and defense. Murkey and Krafka have also started showing signs of maturity in their respective games, resulting in having bigger impact while on the floor.
Denver wraps up the home portion of its regular-season schedule on Sunday with a meeting against Oral Roberts. The game will be Senior Day and is set for 1 p.m. MT and can be seen on Altitude 2.
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