Denver Gets Total Team Effort; Takes Down Wyoming 88-78
Pioneers with four players in double figures in the win
Nov. 29, 2017
DENVER – The University of Denver men's basketball team came ready to play on Wednesday night, making a statement by taking down Wyoming 88-78 in Magness Arena. The win pushed the Pioneers to 3-4 on the year, while the Cowboys dropped to 5-2 on the year.
The victory marked the biggest win in the Rodney Billups’ era, showcasing to fans the potential of a young and exciting team in the making.
DU got the scoring it needed from four players, each finishing in double figures on the night.
Joe Rosga recorded his first collegiate double-double with 18 points and a career-best 12 rebounds to go with five assists in 38 minutes of action.
But the hero of the contest goes to Jake Holtzmann, who came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points. The sharpshooting junior guard hit key shot after shot throughout the entire game, giving the Crimson and Gold lifts when it needed it most.
Daniel Amigo locked up his fourth double-double of 2017-18 with a game-high 22 points and 10 rebounds. The 6-foot-10 center was an efficient 9-of-12 from the field. He also dished out two assists.
Jake Pemberton chipped in with a season-high 19 points.
Leading Wyoming scorer Hayden Dalton was held to 12 points on 3-for-17 shooting.
Denver came out of the gate on fire, racing to a 19-5 lead by the first media timeout. Pemberton took over the first five minutes of the contest, scoring 11 of the Pioneers’ first 19 on the night.
DU kept it going after that, keeping its lead in double figures after a long 3-pointer from Holtzmann at the 12:32 mark, upping his total to five, tying a season high.
Hot shooting played a big part in Denver’s terrific start, with the Pioneers shooting over 60 percent for the first 10 minutes of the period.
Back-to-back baskets from Holtzmann and Amigo put the Pioneers back up 12 with just under four minutes remaining before the break. Amigo found himself in some easy scoring opportunities thanks to good ball movement on the offensive end.
A beautiful pass from Rosga to Pemberton on the fast break to end the half put DU up 13 at the break, 43-30.
A dominant performance on the glass from the Crimson and Gold was key in the period, with them outrebounding Wyoming 27-14 on the glass. Denver allowed no second-chance points to the Cowboys in the half.
Both teams traded baskets to open the second period with the Pioneers taking an eight-point advantage into the first media timeout.
Wyoming challenged around the 10-minute mark, cutting the DU advantage to six after a made 3 from Alan Herndon.
But the Crimson and Gold responded back immediately, pushing the lead back to 11 after a 3 from Holtzmann on a great feed from Jake Krafka.
Denver never let it get any closer than eight the rest of the way, locking up its biggest win of the year.
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