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Pioneers Fall to Anteaters in Opener

Nov. 12, 2017

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DENVER
- The University of Denver men's basketball team couldn't overcome a sluggish shooting night in its opener, falling 83-69 to UC Irvine on Sunday. The loss dropped to Pioneers to 0-1 on the year, while the Anteaters improved to 1-1.

Joe Rosga led the way with a team-high 15 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.

Daniel Amigo picked up his first double-double of the season, putting up 13 points and 10 boards in 30 minutes of action.

Freshman Elvin Rodriguez scored 11 points in his debut, showcasing some of his athletic ability during his time in the game.

UCI's Evan Leonard had a career night, scoring 19 in the win.

DU shot 33.3 percent for the night in the loss.

Denver opened with a fast start from beyond the arc with Rosga and Jake Pemberton each hitting 3s in the opening five minutes. Despite being undersized, the Pioneers battled on the glass, not letting UC Irvine get second-chance opportunities and slow the game down.

Both teams traded baskets before a quick 6-0 run from the Anteaters pushed their lead to five at 19-14 with 7:44 remaining in the half. The UCI run was sparked by DU taking contested shots on the offensive end and being careless with the ball, resulting in seven turnovers within 12 minutes of play.

UC Irvine pushed the lead to 11 after a 3-pointer from Justin Wertner, upping his total to five on the half.

Denver closed out the half tough though, keeping within 10 despite a cold-shooting slump for a majority of the first period.

The Pioneers, who shot just 33.3 percent (10-for-30), stuck around with some solid defense of their own, limiting the Anteaters to 37.5 percent from the field.

Rosga led the way with a team-high seven points in his first 20 minutes on the court.

Jake Krafka, coming off the bench, was a force on the glass, snatching a career-high seven rebounds in 13 minutes in the half.

DU opened the second period fast, making it a single-digit game after baskets from Pemberton and Rosga.

UCI found some separation shortly after, using a 6-0 run to push its lead to 13 going into the under-16 media timeout.

A pair of free throws from Amigo made it a 10-point game again coming out of the under-12 media, giving the senior double digits in points for the contest -- his 27th career game with double figures.

It was all UC Irvine after that, running away with it late to secure its first victory of the year.

Denver returns to the hardwood on Tuesday for a trip to Boulder for a meeting with regional foe Colorado at the Coors Events Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. MT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

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