Men's Basketball


Men's Basketball Falls at South Dakota State

Feb. 25, 2017


– The University of Denver men’s basketball team wrapped up its regular season on Saturday, falling 88-64 to South Dakota State. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 16-13 (8-8 Summit League), while the Jackrabbits improved to 15-16 (8-8 SL) on the year.

Joe Rosga scored a team-high 15 points to go along with five assists for DU. The sophomore knocked down three 3s in the game.

C.J. Bobbitt was the other Crimson and Gold player to finish in double figures, dropping in 13 points.

SDSU was led by Mike Daum, who continued his red-hot scoring ways, pouring in a game-high 30 and pulling down seven rebounds.

South Dakota State got off to the fast start in a packed Frost Arena, scoring the first eight points of the game before Coach Billups was forced to take a timeout to talk to his guys. The timeout worked as Denver immediately got a basket from Daniel Amigo down low to get on the scoreboard.

Daum and Reed Tellinghuisen did all the damage early for the Jackrabbits, scoring the first 16 points of the contest.

The Pioneers, though, came to life after that, getting back to within two points after a 3 from the top of the key from Rosga, his first bucket of the afternoon.

But another scoring burst from Daum – a theme for the afternoon – put SDSU up 12 by the 3:46 mark. The sophomore was dialed in with his shot, scoring from all over the floor.

South Dakota State continued to attack on the offensive end, resulting in a 15-point advantage at the half.



Poor shooting plagued DU in the first period, going just 11-for-30 (36.7 percent) from the field in 20 minutes of action.

The Jackrabbits opened the second half the same way they closed the first: attacking the rim and kicking it out for open looks beyond the arc, helping extend their lead to 23 less than five minutes into the period.

A good sequence from Ade Murkey and Jake Pemberton brought Denver to within 20 midway through the half.

The Pioneers never got any closer than 17 the rest of the way, losing 88-64. 

Up Next
DU waits and finds out what seed it will be in the upcoming Summit League Tournament. Play is set to begin at the PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D. next Saturday.



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