Laramie, Wy – Denver men’s basketball (3-6) traveled two hours north to face the undefeated Wyoming Cowboys (7-0) Thursday night at the Arena-Auditorium. The Pioneers faced a familiar foe, head coach Jeff Linder, who guided Northern Colorado in his three seasons in Greeley.
Denver led 41-38 at the half, stunning the Cowboys on 56% shooting.
The Pokes used their size and inside scoring to pull away in the second half.
Wyoming (very) big man Graham Ike took over the game with 35 points, mostly in the low block. Hunter Maldonado ended with 15. Mikey Henn led the Pioneers with 19 points. Denver was out-rebounded by 11 boards but committed only 11 turnovers.
After the game, DU head coach Jeff Wulbrun said, “We had a great first half. We got impatient in the second half…we don’t have the experience and we don’t have savvy (to win games late). Inexperience set in. We took over a program that was at a historic low. It takes a little time to put it all together.”
Denver has now lost three in a row with three remaining non-conference road games before returning to Hamilton Gym.