UC Riverside nailed 15 of 32 three point shots and pounded the Pioneers inside with their size advantage to earn a 83-63 win at Hamilton Gym Sunday afternoon.
UC Riverside showed no letdown after toppling the University of Washington in its previous game, Dec. 1 in Las Vegas. Sophomore point guard Zyon Pullin scored 20 points in the first half, making eight of his first nine shots, as UC Riverside rocked Denver for a 48-29 halftime lead. From that point forward, UC Riverside used their inside-out game to coast by the Pioneers.
The Pioneers would get the first bucket out of the second half but ended up committing four team fouls inside the first 2:30 of the period. The Highlanders responded with an 11-0 run, pushing their lead to 28 points, 59-31, over a six minute span early in the second half. The Pioneers’ attempts to chip away at the UCR lead but were unsuccessful in the face of the Highlanders lock down defense and 15 made three-point attempts during the contest.
UC Riverside shot .517% for the game to DU’s .414%. . The Highlanders shot .469% to DU’s 267% from downtown and out-rebounded the Pioneers 38-26 to dominate in nearly every key statistical category. Denver only had 8 turnovers for the game. Denver trailed by a double digit gap from the 9:15 minute mark of the first half and never closed the gap to single digits.
Jase Townsend had 16 points for the Pioneers (1-1) while CU transfer center Frank Ryder added 10 points.