Men's Basketball


Omaha Sneaks Past Denver on Last-Second Shot

Feb. 22, 2017

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- The University of Denver men's basketball team fought hard but came up just short on Wednesday, losing 84-83 to Omaha on Senior Day in Magness Arena. The Pioneers dropped to 16-12 (8-7 SL) with the loss, while the Mavericks improved to 15-13 (8-7 SL) on the season.

The win gave UNO the season series against DU.

Joe Rosga led Denver with a team-high 24 points, his eighth game this year of scoring at least 20.

Daniel Amigo added 18 points and eight rebounds before fouling out.

C.J. Bobbitt chipped in with 14.

The Mavericks were led by Marcus Tyus' game-high 30 points.

Both teams started hot from beyond the arc, with each combining to knock down five 3s in the first five minutes. Omaha was able to take a three-point advantage into the first media timeout thanks to a fast start from Tyus, who scored eight of the Mavericks' first 11 points.

A scoring battle between Rosga and Tyus broke out for the next several minutes, with each trying to outdo the other on the offensive end of the floor. The two combined to score 22 out the first 42 points recorded in the contest.

Denver was able to take a four-point lead by the under-eight media timeout due to some key baskets from Amigo and Bobbitt.

The Pioneers continued to build their lead due to some big defensive stops -- something emphasized in practice throughout the week. DU got its biggest lead of the night at nine after a basket from Ade Murkey at the 4:31 mark.

Omaha responded, though, with an 8-0 run to get within one after another 3 from Tyus, his fourth made triple in the opening half.

The furious finish resulted in the Mavericks taking a 46-42 lead into the break.

Rosga's hot first half kept Denver close in the opening 20 minutes,  scoring 14 in the frame, more than his previous point totals from his last two games.

The Pioneers shot 55.6 percent from the field in the half.

In the second half, DU got off to a good start, using a 10-3 run to take a three-point lead by the under-16 media timeout. Omaha struggled to find its shot during the first four minutes of action, going 1-for-8 during the stretch.

Amigo got himself going after that, piling up a flurry of points to keep Denver up by four midway through the half.

Neither team could find separation, making it a one-point game with 4:17 left after another 3 from Tyus put the Mavericks 77-76.

The Pioneers came up with a clutch score late from Bobbitt, who made a layup with 12 seconds left to put them up by one.

However, UNO countered the heroics with some of its own, getting the game-winning basket from Mitch Hahn with one second left on the clock. 

Up Next
DU closes out the regular season with a game at South Dakota State on Saturday in Brookings, S.D. Tip is set for 3 p.m. MT.



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