Pioneers Roll Past Highlanders, 73-55
Winning streak now at five in a row
Dec. 22, 2016
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Junior Daniel Amigo recorded his fifth double-double in the win, finishing with 12 points and 12 boards in the contest.
Joe Rosga poured in a game-high 18 points to go along with a season-high five assists for DU. The St. Paul native turned it on in the second half, scoring 12 in final 20 minutes.
A hot start gave Denver a 10-5 lead in the opening minutes of evening. The Pioneers made five of their first six shots (83.3 percent), with four different starters scoring in the process.
UC Riverside held a three-point lead midway through the first half after a 10-2 run in a four-minute span, capped off by a Secean Johnson tip-in off a missed free throw by the Highlanders.
The Pioneers responded with a 13-2 run of their own, resulting in an eight-point advantage with six minutes left in the half.
A strong close in the opening half allowed DU to take a 12-point lead into the locker room at 35-23.
Bench play was a big factor in the first 20 minutes, with the unit scoring 14 points, 10 coming from Krafka to tie his season high.
Denver put in work on both ends of the floor, going 14-for-24 (58.3 percent) from the field while holding UCR to just 33.3 percent.
The second half started with the UC Riverside cutting the Pioneer lead eight with a Chance Murray layup at the 15:50 mark, his fifth point of the game.
DU pulled back to a double-digit advantage off baskets from Rosga, Krakfa and Amigo midway through the half.
Denver never let the Highlanders within single digits the rest of the way, cementing the win and extending its streak to five.
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