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Denver’s Season Ended by South Dakota State

March 5, 2017

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D.
– The University of Denver men’s basketball team fought hard, but couldn’t overcome a red-hot South Dakota State team on Sunday, losing 83-73 in the opening stage of the Summit League Tournament. The Pioneers finished the season at 16-14, while the Jackrabbits moved to 16-16 on the year.

DU was led by a team-high 16 points from C.J. Bobbitt, one shy of his season high.

Freshman Ade Murkey, coming off the bench, provided a spark for the Crimson and Golf, putting in 10 points in just 24 minutes. The Minneapolis native also pulled down five boards.

SDSU was once again led by Summit League Player of the Year Mike Daum, who erupted for a game-high 33 points to go with six rebounds.

Each team came out trading baskets, before back-to-back buckets from South Dakota State gave it a four-point edge by the first media timeout.

A barrage of baskets from in the paint by the Jackrabbits grew their lead to 12 midway through the opening 20 minutes of action. SDSU was led early by Reed Tellinghuisen, who came out hot, scoring 11 points early.

A scoring outburst from Bobbitt brought Denver back late in the period, closing to nine with only 90 seconds left. The sophomore from Texas was connecting from all over, on his way to a team-leading 16 going into the break.

A 12-4 run allowed for the Pioneers to cut into South Dakota State’s lead going into the break, trailing 43-36.

Bobbitt’s play coupled with a big performance from Murkey kept DU in the game in the first half. The duo combined for 22 points on 9-of-13 shooting.


 

 

The Jackrabbits opened the second half with a game-changing 6-0 run in the first minute, forcing Coach Billups to call a timeout to settle his guys. Denver responded with a 3 from Joe Rosga to snap the fast start for SDSU. It was the first made triple of the day for the sophomore.

But an 11-2 run after that from South Dakota State put this game away for good, giving it a 20-point edge by the first media timeout of the half.

The Pioneers tried a rally midway through the half, getting within 13 after a difficult make from Murkey, giving the freshman eight on the day.

DU never got any closer than 10 the rest of the way as the Jackrabbits kept their foot on the gas en route to the 10-point victory, knocking Denver out of the tournament for a second straight year. 

We’re Just Getting Started Around Here
The Pioneers thrived under Billups and his staff in 2016-17. DU played an exciting, fast-paced style of hoops that has set the table for things to come and offered a glimpse of a very bright future ahead. Denver’s 16 wins match last year, but expectations have now been raised going into the future.

 

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