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Pioneers Lock Down Wildcats in Win

Dec. 3, 2016

BOX SCORE | GALLERY

OGDEN, Utah –
The University of Denver men’s basketball head coach Rodney Billups challenged his players earlier this week to play tougher defense. Well, mission accomplished, as the Pioneers came away with a 57-55 victory on Saturday night at Weber State.

DU set new season lows for points allowed (55) and opponent field-goal percentage (30.2 percent), coming up with big stops at crucial times throughout the game.

C.J. Bobbitt turned in a career performance, recording his first collegiate double-double (17 points, 12 rebounds) coming off the bench in the win.

Joe Rosga came up clutch when it mattered most, scoring all eight of his points in the second half, including the game-winner with 2.5 seconds left in regulation.

Jeremy Senglin led the Wildcats with a team-high 15 points.

Kyndahl Hill added a double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds for WSU.

Weber State got out to a three-point lead by the first media timeout at 7-4 as neither team started off the game shooting particularly well, with both teams sitting below 50 percent in the opening minutes.

The Wildcats came out of the timeout and struck fast, building their lead to double digits after a layup from Dusty Baker at the 13:09 mark in the half, giving them their biggest lead of the night.

Denver responded with a 9-0 run to make it a one-point contest after a layup in transition from Christian Mackey. The run was powered by several good sequences on the defensive end of the floor from the Pioneer bench.


 

 

The DU bench continued its impressive play, putting itself up for the first time on the night after a score from Bobbitt, his fourth point of the half.

Bobbitt continued his stellar first-half play with a quick basket coming out of the under-eight media timeout, upping his total to 10, the first player in double figures on the evening.

Both teams kept it close for the rest of the half with Jake Pemberton hitting a clutch 3-pointer with 42 seconds remaining to tie things up at 32 all, a score that held going into the half.

Bench play was key in the first 20 minutes, with Denver getting 18 points from its reserve unit, highlighted by the 12 from Bobbitt.

The Pioneers shot 50 percent (15-of-30) from the field to offset WSU getting to the line 15 times.

The second half saw both teams come out and play at a faster pace, with each team trading buckets resulting in a tie game at 42-42 at the first media timeout.

Freshman Jake Krafka – making his first collegiate start – put in a big two-handed jam at the 11:59 mark to push the DU lead to four at 46-42, giving the Pioneers an energy boost and quieting the crowd at the Dee Events Center.

Denver continued to be aggressive on the both ends of the floor, resulting in a two-point lead 51-49 with 7:52 remaining.

A running sky hook from Daniel Amigo once again gave the Pioneers a two-possession lead with just over five minutes left. The basket gave Texas native his 12th point of the contest, eighth in the half.

Things got wild late, with DU coming up with a critical stop and rebound allowing for one final possession on the offensive end. Rosga then made a move to the basket and nailed the floater with 2.5 seconds left, giving Denver a two-point advantage.

Weber State had one last chance, but missed on a half-court heave for the win. 

Up Next
The Pioneers keep the road trip going with a visit to College Station for a game against Texas A&M (4-2). Game is set for Wednesday at Reed Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT.

 

 

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