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Slow Second Half Leaves Pioneers Short in Loss to Wolverines

Nov. 23, 2016

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DENVER
– A fast pace and hot shooting in the first half wasn’t enough for the University of Denver men’s basketball on Wednesday, losing 88-85 to Utah Valley at Magness Arena.

The Pioneers’ 85 points marked a new season high, with 54 coming in a dominate fashion in the first half before slowing to 31 over the final 20 minutes of play.

Daniel Amigo racked up his second double-double of the year, recording career highs in points (21) and rebounds (12).

The Wolverines were led by a Kenneth Ogbe, who finished with a game-high 28, 17 coming in the second half.

Joe Rosga kept up his high-scoring ways, pouring on a team-high 23 points in the loss to go with eight rebounds and four assists.

Denver came out with some energy, getting good defensive stops early and some solid outside shooting to take an 8-5 advantage going into the first media timeout of the night.

Foul trouble began to plague the Pioneers, an issue that persisted for the opening 10 minutes, that allowed for UVU to get back in it at 15-15 all.

A 16-2 run gave DU the separation it was looking for in the half, sparked by the three perimeter baskets from C.J. Bobbitt during the stretch, setting a new career best from deep for the 6-foot-7 sophomore forward.

Hot shooting and good defensive pressure allowed Denver to put the pedal to the floor and run its lead to 27, the biggest of the night, after a layup from Abiola Akintola made it 54-27 with 51 seconds left until the break.

Utah Valley closed with a flurry, leaving the score at 54-33 in favor of the Pioneers at the half.

DU shot a ridiculous 72.4 percent (21-of-29) from the field in the period.

Amigo led the charge for Denver, getting 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting.

Aside from the scoring, the untold stat of the half was the defense the Pioneers put on the Wolverines, limiting the visitors to just 36 percent shooting from the field.

UVU upped the pressure to start the second, cutting the DU lead to 15 with a 10-4 run in the first 1:51, highlighted by five Wolverine layups.

A big jam from Duke Douglas helped get the momentum going again for Denver, upping its lead to 17 at the 12:48 mark.

Utah Valley got back to within single digits after a basket by Zach Nelson to cap off a 20-8 run.

An Ogbe layup and free throw made it a two-point game at 73-71, giving the athletic German 25 on the day.

A shot beyond the arc from Jordan Poydras gave the Wolverines their first lead since the opening minutes at 76-75, capping off a 26-10 run.

UVU held on the rest of the way to get the victory. 

Run, Run, Fast as You Can
Coach Billups had to have liked what he saw from his team in the first half: fast tempo, ball movement, good shots and transition buckets. The second half, however, showed that the new-look Pioneers have a ways to go to get to where they need. 

Up Next
Denver heads out on the road for the start of a seven-game road trip. First up, a meeting with Eastern Washington on Saturday. Tip is set for 7:05 p.m. MT.

 

 

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