Denver had their chances in overtime but a beautiful tip-in by St. Cloud State’s Ryan Poehling at 2:27 of OT sealed the Pioneers fate. Denver was outworked and outshot – 43-26. Evan Cowley replaced Tanner Jaillet at the end of the 2nd period but St. Cloud continued to control the tempo and earned the win with a dominant performance.
Sure, the University of Denver has been jolted before by star athletes that leave early. But most of these departures have been managed pretty well. It’s been a few weeks since it was announced that junior Kortne Ford had signed with the Colorado Rapids. While circumstances vary widely on why student athletes depart college programs early, Ford’s exit was engineered to the benefit everyone. Continue reading Kortne Ford authors textbook early exit→
A college hockey team does not become one of the top teams in the nation because of one player. One player cannot dictate the success or failure of one team. Will the Denver Pioneers miss American Hero Troy Terry, who is out indefinitely with an upper-body injury? Absolutely. Is it reasonable to expect that they won’t be successful without him? Absolutely not. Continue reading What will DU do without the American Hero?→
Photo:Marcus Tyus lights up the Pioneers with 30 points in UNO win.
Wednesday night Denver (11-8, 3-3) met University of Nebraska Omaha (11-9, 4-3) at UNO’s Baxter Arena. Denver tried to play the Mavericks at their own game – and it was never close as the Mavericks displayed their quickness and athleticism. Marcus Tyus’ 30 points and 24 points from Tra-Deon Hollins sealed the Pioneers fate. Despite shooting 63.6% from the field, the Pioneers could not stop an aggressive UNO squad that thrives on pressure and playing fast. The Mavericks shot 56.4% from the floor, nailed 12 of 20 3-point shots, had 10 steals and went 23 of 29 from the line to blitz the Pioneers. Continue reading Denver Gets Blitzed at Omaha, 97-88→
With bunched standings in the Summit League, the top programs must hold serve at home and steal a couple of wins on the road to stay in the top four. South Dakota already stole one of Denver’s home games, 75-69, on January 4th. This week, Denver (11-7, 3-2) goes on the road against Omaha (10-9, 3-3) Wednesday and IUPUI (8-11, 2-3) Saturday.
After hearing the report that star midfielder Zach Miller has left the DU men’s lacrosse program, I came across this highlight tape (below – ignore the music) of Miller and was reminded of his extraordinary stick handling, shot accuracy, passing, and more importantly, his ability to make everyone other Pioneer on the field better. Continue reading Zach Miller’s departure leaves a void→
It was an…interesting weekend for the top-ranked University of Denver Pioneers when they traveled to Kalamazoo, Michigan to take on the #14 Western Michigan Broncos. There was some good, some bad, and a very disappointing bit of news. However, overall, earning a split with a vastly improved WMU team on their ice is a good result for DU as the stretch run draws ever closer. Continue reading Just two wild and crazy nights in Kalamazoo for the Pioneers→
Final score 79-55 – and it wasn’t even that close.
Pioneer fans were treated to a basketball clinic as Denver (11-7, 3-2) ran roughshod over one of the top teams in the Summit League, North Dakota State (12-6, 4-1) . Sure it was a home game but the the Denver squad gave fans a glimpse of what Rodney Billups “play fast” basketball looks like – on both ends of the floor. The Pioneers, led by a dominant Daniel Amigo’s 28 points and 12 rebounds, thrashed North Dakota State University on the offensive end and shut down their penetrating offensive drives on the defensive end. Continue reading Red Hot Pioneers Burn Bison, 79-55→