Denver Advances in Wild Double-Overtime Win against Oral Roberts
Amigo notches sixth double-double in Pioneer win
March 5, 2018
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The University of Denver men’s basketball team needed double overtime, but the Pioneers got things done against Oral Roberts, winning 90-88 in the final Summit League quarterfinal in the Sanford PREMIER Center. DU pushed its record to 15-14 on the year, while the Golden Eagles finished the season at 11-21.
The win extended the Crimson and Gold’s winning streak to five, its longest of the year, and gave the Pioneers their first tournament victory in the league since 2016.
Daniel Amigo earned his sixth double-double of the season, as the senior tallied a game-high 22 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out in the first overtime.
Chalking up a career-high 20 points was Ade Murkey, who turned in easily his best effort of the 2017-18 campaign. The sophomore also ripped down eight boards and tied a career high with seven assists, just missing out on a possible triple-double.
Joe Rosga totaled 18 points, 16 of which came in the second half. The St. Paul, Minn. native also passed out six assists, but made the play of the year for the Pioneers by banking in a game-tying 3 with five seconds left in regulation to tie the game up and force overtime.
Rounding out the double-digit scorers for DU was Jake Pemberton who chipped in with 14.
A solid start from Amigo helped get Denver out to a one-point lead by the first media timeout. The El Paso native had it going down low, scoring six of the Pioneers’ first nine points.
A 7-0 run from Oral Roberts made it a 15-9 contest with 12 minutes to go in the opening half.
DU responded back in a big way thanks to the play of Murkey, who went on a tear, scoring eight of the Crimson and Gold’s next 10 points, highlighted by a great two-hand dunk on the break that put them up 25-21.
Denver wasn’t done, putting the pedal on the gas and cranking up the pace en route to an 11-point lead after a basket from Amigo at the 2:01 mark. The Pioneers held the double-digit going into the break leading, 34-24.
The stellar performance of Murkey was the biggest factor in the opening 20 minutes of action. The Minneapolis, Minn. native just started getting lots of second-chance points after cleaning up the glass on offense.
Murkey’s dominant play helped power a 21-2 run DU run that changed the environment of the contest. The Crimson and Gold were able to speed up the game, forcing the Golden Eagles big men to tire quickly.
The second half started with Amigo getting going fast, scoring two quick baskets while securing the glass for Denver.
A 5-0 run from Oral Roberts was stopped after a beautiful drive and finish at the rim from Donoven Carlisle, giving him a new career high with six points.
Denver got its big lead at 13 after a terrific take from Jake Holtzmann resulted in another three-point play for the Pioneers, a trend that played a big factor into the final result.
A bad cold spell from DU gave the Golden Eagles the opening they were looking for to get back in the game; leading to a four-point contest with just over five minutes left on the clock.
ORU got the lead after another deep 3 from Ruder, his sixth of the evening.
Amigo responded with a layup, but a Chris Miller jumper gave the edge back to Oral Roberts with 1:43 to play.
With five seconds to play, the Crimson and Gold found themselves down by three but a buzzer-beating trey from Rosga sent the game to overtime and the crowd into a frenzy in the arena.
Into overtime, Amigo opened the period with a layup, putting DU up by two, 72-70.
On the other end, Amigo was called for his fifth foul, sending Emmanuel Nzekwesi to the line, who drained them both.
Another Rosga 3 gave the team a three-point lead with just over two minutes to play.
Three straight points for the Golden Eagles gave them a one-point advantage at 78-77 but a Murkey free throw took the game to a second overtime.
Carlilsle opened the second overtime with an old-fashioned three-point play, putting the squad up by three. Another free throw Murkey on the next Pioneer possession increased the margin to four.
A mini 5-1 run for ORU tied the game at 83 with 3:03 left in the game.
With 40 seconds left, a Murkey jumper gave Denver a one-point lead. One its next possession, the squad sealed with win with a Krafka free throw. The Pioneers then locked down Oral Roberts, holding them to no shot on the final possession.
No. 3 DU now will take on No. 2 South Dakota in a semifinal match. Game is set for Monday at 7:30 MT and can be seen on ESPN3.
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