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Amigo Powers Pioneers Past Terriers, 60-50

Nov. 25, 2017

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FORT MYERS, FLA. – The University of Denver men's basketball team used a dominant performance from senior Daniel Amigo to bounce back on Saturday, knocking off St. Francis Brooklyn 60-50 at Alico Arena. The win pushed the Pioneers’ record to 2-3 on the year, while the Terriers dropped to 1-4.

Amigo easily delivered his best outing of the season, scoring a season-high 24 points and while pulling down a career-best 16 rebounds to get his third double-double this year. The 16 rebounds were the most by a DU player since Yemi Nicholson back in 2006.

Freshman Elvin Rodriguez provided a spark off the bench, putting up 14 points in 17 minutes for the Crimson and Gold.

Joe Rosga added 10 points and pulled down a season-high seven rebounds.

Denver came out fast, taking a 10-3 lead by the first media timeout. The play of Amigo was key during the opening four-minute stretch, who scored seven points during that span on just 2-of-2 shooting.


 

 

A 10-0 run though from St. Francis Brooklyn over the next four minutes put the Pioneers down three at the 11:30 mark. DU went cold from the field during that span, going 0-for-5 on shot attempts.

Denver tied things up at 23 all after a long 3 from Rosga, giving him seven in the opening half.

Another 3-pointer from Rosga made it a one-point contest at 29-28 shortly before the break.

Cold shooting plagued both teams in the first half, with neither shooting above 30 percent from the floor.

Amigo and Rosga combined for 21 of Denver’s 28 points in the period.

The Pioneers opened the second half back finally taking the lead for the first time since early in the opening half after a jumper from Amigo made it 35-34, upping his total to 15 at that point.

A mini scoring barrage proved crucial from Rodriguez that gave DU at five-point advantage with eight minutes remaining. The freshman’s hot hand came at the right time for the Crimson and Gold, who had both Rosga and Amigo on the bench resting.

Denver closed it out the way it started, getting Amigo going on the offensive end while getting stops on defense and not allowing St. Francis Brooklyn to get any second chances on the glass, hammering them in the rebounding margin.

The Year of Amigo
The senior center from El Paso has really had it going to start the 2017-18 campaign. His dominating performance today already gives him three double-doubles on the season, nearly putting him halfway to last year’s total of eight.

Up Next
The Crimson and Gold close out the Homewood Suites FGCU Shootout with a meeting against Navy on Sunday. Tip-off is set for 10 a.m. MT and can be seen on Facebook Live.

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In 2017-18, the University of Denver is holding an alumni giving challenge in an effort to increase student-athlete alumni participation in the Denver Athletics Annual Fund. The sport program with the highest percentage of alumni participation will receive an additional $10,000 of support through the generosity of an anonymous donor. Former student-athletes can make a gift online, by calling 303-871-2388 during normal business hours or by sending a check to:

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