Men's Basketball


Pioneers’ Second-Half Rally Comes Up Short

Dec. 18, 2017


BOZEMAN, Mont. – The University of Denver men's basketball team saw its second-half rally come up short on Monday, falling 79-65 to Montana State. The Pioneers dropped to 5-8 on the year, while the Bobcats improved to 7-5.

Jake Pemberton led DU with a game-high 20 points, which also tied a season high.

Joe Rosga added 15 points.

Turnovers plagued the Crimson and Gold, setting a new season high with 28 in the contest, resulting in 30 points for MSU.

Montana State jumped out an 11-5 lead after five minutes due to some hot shooting from the 3-point line. The Bobcats opened the game going 3-for-5 from deep, highlighted by two from leading scorer Tyler Hall.

A 7-0 run from MSU pushed its lead to eight at 20-12 after a put-back basket from Benson Osayande, his second bucket of the night.



Denver kept it close by putting together some key stops on the defensive end, cutting the lead to five after a layup from Elvin Rodriguez, his only basket of the game.

A rebound and put-back score from Abiola Akintola at the buzzer put the Pioneers down 39-27 at the break.

Turnovers told the tale for DU in the first 20 minutes, committing 16 that resulted in 18 points for Montana State.

Free-throw shooting helped keep the Crimson and Gold in it for a majority of the period, going 10-for-12 from the charity stripe.

Denver opened the second half with a 6-0 run to get it back to a two-possession game after a floater from Ade Murkey, his first points of the game.

Pioneers cut the Bobcat lead to one after a jumper from Pemberton at the 15:56 mark, upping his total to 14.

MSU made it is move midway through half, using 10-4 run to push its lead back to double figures with eight minutes remaining in regulation.

A big two-hand jam from Murkey made it a four-point game at 62-58, bringing a silence to the crowd in Worthington Arena.

Montana State, though, never let them get any closer, forcing DU to foul to extend the game. The Bobcats made their free throws, locking up the victory.

Tough Times Don’t Last
The Pioneers have battled turnover issues all year, but have shown glimpses in several games of a team making progress and growing as a whole. DU will need to just keep working on its principles to be ready for Summit League play on Dec. 30.

Up Next
Denver returns to action to close out the non-league portion of its schedule on Dec. 28 against Colorado Mesa. The game will be held in Hamilton Gymnasium at 7 p.m.

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