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Dominant Second Half Key in Denver Win

Nov. 16, 2017

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DENVER – The University of Denver men's basketball team overcame a sluggish first half on its way to its first win of the year on Thursday, taking out Johnson and Wales 91-59 in Hamilton Gymnasium. The Pioneers’ record improved to 1-2 this season, while the Wildcats fell to 0-7.

The second unit played a huge factor in DU’s stellar second half, scoring 36 in the period.

Joe Rosga led the way for the Crimson and Gold, scoring a season-high 19 points to go with three rebounds and three assists. The junior guard broke out of a shooting slump from the first two games, going 6 for 9 from the field, which included a 4-for-6 performance from beyond the arc.

Daniel Amigo narrowly missed out on his second double-double of the year, finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes.

Freshman Elvin Rodriguez once again showed his scoring prowess, coming off the bench to drop in a season-high 17 points, highlighted by a one-hand jam late on a fast break.

Jake Krafka almost locked up his first double-double of his collegiate career, chipping in with nine points and nine rebounds.

Amigo got going early, scoring six of the first nine points for Denver. The El Paso, Texas native’s hot start helped lead the Pioneers to a two-point lead going into the first media break.

DU pushed its lead to seven a little over midway through the first half, after a pair of free throws from Christian Mackey, upping his total to six in the opening 20 minutes of action.

A late run for Johnson and Wales made it a two-point contest at the break in favor of the Crimson and Gold, 31-29.

Amigo had it rolling in the first half, scoring 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting.

Denver shot 50 percent from the field in the period.

The Pioneers came out in the second half on a mission, going on a 25-0 run to build a 27-point advantage at the first media timeout. Rosga and Amigo were key in the game-changing run, scoring basket after basket as JWU had no answer for the duo on the offensive end.

It was all DU after that, pushing their lead to as many as 36 after a basket from Emil Knighton, giving him his first collegiate points of his career.

Defense Always Wins Out
Denver had it going on the defensive end in the second half, holding Johnson and Wales to just 25 percent shooting. The Pioneers are now 16-1 in under Coach Billups when they hold an opponent to less than 80 points in a game.

Up Next
The Crimson and Gold head back on the road for a three-games-in-three-days stretch down in Florida next week. Denver opens with Florida Gulf Coast on Friday, Nov. 24.



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