Denver men’s hoops (1-12, 0-6) returned to the Scheels Center in Fargo to face North Dakota State (9-7, 7-1) Saturday night trying to stop a brutal 11 game skid. The last road game Denver won was in 2018 but Denver was buoyed with the return of leading scorer Jase Townsend. Unfortunately, Denver returned to recent form and was crushed by the Bison, 84-58.
Denver fell behind as is their custom, 10-2, in the first six minutes with only two free throws by Javonni Bickham. NDSU poured it on over the next five minutes, behind Rocky Krauser’s 8 points, to lead 21-7. A layup by Odell Wilson at 7:24 gave NDSU an 18 point lead, 29-11. The Pioneers deficit extended to 22 points with 3:53 remaining in the half. A three-point Tyree Eady shot sent the Bison up by 24, 44-20 with 1:26 to go. The half ended 46-20 with 78.3% shooting by the Bison. The home team seemed to enjoy the first 20 minutes as NDSU players openly celebrated their success on the court and emptied their bench in the half as the hapless Pioneers could never respond.
No sense recapping the second half. Just an embarrassing result for Denver in what is turning into a nightmare season.
Final score, 84-58.
Photo: Courtesy of NDSU Bison Athletics