It was nice to finally get the winter athletics season started with a women’s hoops win against Air Force last week and Denver hockey about to start in the Omaha pod on December 2nd. Men’s hoops did their part with another step toward ‘normalcy’ in the era of COVID Saturday afternoon with a win against Regis University.
Denver, playing with only seven players, trailed at halftime at Hamilton Gym but used a 48-29 scoring outburst in the second half to down the Regis Rangers, 82-66.
Denver was led by last season starters Jase Townsend (24 points), Robert Jones (23 points) and Tristan Greene with 13 points. Freshman guard Drake Muller scored 6 points and gathered 8 rebounds in his Pioneer debut. Sophomore James Sanders IV scored 9 points with 2 rebounds.
Roscoe Eastmond, a starter from last season, was held out for the game along with CU transfer center Frank Ryder. Sam Hines, Jr., a highly recruited forward from Georgia, also missed the contest.
While the game was against a D2 opponent and DU looked rusty in the first half, the short-handed Pioneers stepped up in the second half to closeout the contests.
DU (1-0) will face a tougher test when they play host to UC Riverside on Dec. 6.
Photo: Courtesy of Denver Pioneers.