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Men’s Basketball Falls to Bears

Dec. 13, 2017

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GREELEY – The University of Denver men's basketball team couldn’t keep up with a red-hot Northern Colorado team on Wednesday, losing 83-63 at the Bank of Colorado Arena. The Pioneers fell to 5-6 on the year, while the Bears improved to 8-3.

Denver just couldn’t find its shot on the night, going just 42.9 percent (24-for-56) from the field.

Joe Rosga made some history, becoming the 35th member of the 1,000-point club after scoring a team-high 14 points. The St. Paul, Minn. native also grabbed seven rebounds in the loss.

Ade Murkey added a season-high nine points.

Andre Spight led the way for UNC, scoring a game-high 27 points, highlighted by making seven 3-pointers.

Both teams came out cold from the field, resulting in a 6-5 Northern Colorado edge at the first media timeout. Denver opened shooting 2-for-9 (22.2 percent) from the field, a troubling warning of things to come.


 

 

The Bears made a big move midway through the opening half with a 14-6 run that gave them a nine-point lead. DU got sloppy on offense, leading to several turnovers and extra scoring chances for UNC on the other end of the floor.

UNC used another late run to close out the half strong, giving them a 45-22 edge after the first 20 minutes of action.

Hot shooting from beyond the arc was key for Northern Colorado, going 9-for-17 from deep.

The Crimson and Gold opened the second half with a positive start, going on an 11-4 run of its own to make it a 16-point game after a 3 from Thomas Neff, making his season debut.

It was all Bears after that, pushing their lead back up to as many as 28 by way of the 3-point shot. Denver just didn’t have an answer on the defensive end for the UNC attack.

Always a Silver Lining
Despite a poor first-half performance, the Pioneers didn’t go away, outscoring Northern Colorado 41-38 in the second half. DU also committed only three turnovers in the period as well.

Up Next
The Pioneers head out to California for a game against Pac-12 foe Stanford on Friday.  Tip-off is set 8 p.m. MT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

PIONEER MOVEMENT:
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Student-Athlete Alumni Giving Challenge:
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:

Athletics Development Office
Attn: Kaley Rickert
2201 E. Asbury Avenue 
Denver, CO 80208

 

 

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