University of Denver Senior Ade Murkey exploded for a school-record 42-point, 11- rebound performance in a 90-78 loss to South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. In a horrible 5-21 season where not much has gone well for the last-place Pioneers, Murkey’s DU D-I record performance single-handedly kept the Pioneers close into the game’s final minutes and earned him a standing ovation from the South Dakota State crowd as he left the game near the end.
Murkey’s 42 points scored set a new DU Division I single-game record, wiping away B.J. Pratt’s record of 37 that stood on the books for over 20 years, and tied the DU overall school record set in 1989 when DU was playing NCAA Division II ball. Murkey also became the first Crimson and Gold player to have at least 40 points and 10 rebounds in a game since the program went Division I back in 1998. It is also just the eighth time since 2010 an NCAA player has recorded at least 42 points and 11 rebounds on the road. Murkey, a native of Minneapolis, also had a career-high five three pointers in the loss.
The Pioneers matched the Jackrabbits in field goal percentage (42%) and rebounds (40), and exceeded SDSU in three pointer percentage (36 vs 29) and free throw percentage (86 to 80%), but lost the turnover battle, 8-15 and steals, 4-7.
Douglas Wilson led the way for SDSU, pouring in a team-high 23 points, and Matt Dentlinger notched a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Jase Townsend’s 14 points was the only other Pioneer performance to reach double figures on the night.
The Pios now travel on to Omaha for Sunday’s 4:30 p.m. MT tip-off.