The Pioneers (4-11) did just about everything they needed to do to win against conference favorite North Dakota State University, except make shots. Sophomore Jase Townsend’s 17 points sent Denver into halftime with a 33-33 tie. But Townsend and the Pioneers went cold in the second half on 6/33 shooting to fall to NDSU, 66-55.
Denver shot 35.7% (19-59) for the game vs. the Bison’s 47.1%. Denver had 10 turnover to NDSU’s 15. Jase Townsend ended up with 17 points and Ade Murkey finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in a solid performance. The rest of the team was in single figures for the day.
“I think we can compete with anybody (in the league).,” said Rodney Billups following the game. “We got the shots that we typically make. There wasn’t a lot of energy (in the arena). I wish we had better crowds (1059 announced attendance). The pace was slow. We just have to make shots. We’re going to go in the gym (and shoot) and get better offensively.”
The effort was there, especially defensively. But, frankly, Denver needs to put on a better offensive performance on the floor before they can expect bigger crowds for games.