Denver Falls Late to Air Force, 61-59
Pioneers go cold in the second half
Dec. 2, 2017
DENVER - The University of Denver men's basketball team dropped a tough one on Saturday, losing 61-59 to Air Force in Magness Arena. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 3-5 on the season, while the Falcons improved to 4-3.
Cold shooting and turnovers crushed DU in the second half. As a team, they shot 29. 4 percent (5-for-17) in the period and finished the game with a season-high 23 turnovers.
Daniel Amigo almost recorded his fifth double-double of the year, finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds in 36 minutes.
Joe Rosga added 11 points as well but dished out a season-high six assists in the loss.
Ryan Manning led AF with a game-high 19 points and five rebounds.
Denver opened the right way with a 13-3 start in the first five minutes, highlighted by the play of Jake Krafka. The Austin, Texas native was everywhere, scoring five points while dishing out two assists to start the afternoon.
The Pioneers pushed their lead to 16 with just under eight minutes remaining in the period after a 3-pointer from Jake Pemberton, upping his total to six in the game.
Air Force cut it to seven near the end of the half after a 3 from Lavelle Scottie made it 32-25. The triple was part of 14-5 run from the Falcons, which got some hot shooting after starting the affair cold from the field.
A bucket from Amigo down on the low block put the Crimson and Gold lead back into double figures, something they held on to going into the break, 38-27.
Defense again was Denver's calling card in the opening half, holding the Falcons to just 33.3 percent from the field and forcing them into 10 turnovers.
Amigo started the half getting two straight baskets for the Pioneers, before both teams went cold for the next several minutes.
A pair of 3s from Luke Neff kept the DU offense going during the sluggish moments, giving him his first two collegiate 3-pointers in his career.
AF closed to within three points with 6:30 left with a layup form Manning.
Air Force finally took its first lead of the contest at the 1:59 mark after a 3-pointer from Manning made it 56-55.
Denver had a chance to retake the lead late but missed on several scoring chances, securing the win for the Falcons.
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