Denver (3-7) traveled Sunday to San Marcos, Texas to face Texas State (6-2). The result was a sloppy game in one of DU’s poorest non-conference efforts under head coach Jeff Wulbrun.
A Jordan Johnson 3-point make and a bucket by Mikey Henn gave DU a 5-0 lead to start the game. At 14:51 the Bobcats took their first lead, 11-10, by Dylan Dawson on route to a 13-0 run, before a DU timeout. DU’s Coban Porter and Touko Tainamo closed the gap to 19-15 with nine minutes to go in the half. Denver fell behind 27-21 with five minutes remaining as the teams traded buckets. A sloppy half ended, 35-28. KJ Hunt led DU with 9 points at the break, matching the Bobcats Dawson with 9. Denver shot 53% but committed 12 turnovers (vs. 6) to earn the deficit.
A pair of 3’s by Shelby Adams gave the Bobcats a double digit lead, 41-30, early in the second half. Another 10-0 run pushed the score to 51-33 as the game slipped away on sloppy ball handling and cold shooting by the Pioneers. A Tevin Smith 3-point shot pulled Denver within twelve, 56-44, with ten minutes remaining. Denver trailed 67-50 with five minutes remaining as nothing went right for the reeling DU squad. During mop-up time, the teams went scoreless the final 3:48, 71-58 final.
This game was a marked regression for Denver men’s basketball as they did little to stand in the way of Texas State on the afternoon. DU committed 22 turnovers and was out rebounded by 9 boards. The effort was just not good enough by DU today.