Hot Shooting Denver Downs Houston Christian, Moves to 7-1

Denver men’s basketball (7-1) faced the Houston Christian Huskies Thursday night at Sharp Gymnasium in Houston, Texas. Denver won the bucket-fest by shooting a sizzling 67% for the game but could never shake the equally hot-shooting Huskies. It was Tommy Bruner and Tyree Corbett who piloted Denver down the stretch for the victory. It was the fourth double-double of the season for the athletic Corbett who delivered  20 points and 11 rebounds while Bruner scored 20 points with 8 assists in the victory. Denver has won their last five consecutive games.

Denver shot 77% in the first 10 minutes but only led by five 25-20.  Tainamo had 9 of Denver’s early points. Husky guard Brycen Long kept HCU in the game with deadly shooting from the perimeter with 13 points. Denver held the lead for the rest of the half. Bruner gave DU an 8-point lead at the 3-minute mark on a driving lay-up. Tommy countered again with a 3-point bomb to put Denver up by 10, their biggest lead. with 2:53 remaining. HCU narrowed DU’s lead to 5 points but a Tyree Corbett dunk put DU up 49-42 before Houston countered with a bucket at the buzzer to close within five points, 49-44. It was a torrid first half with DU canning 69% of their field goal attempts along with 5 of 6 from downtown. The Huskies nailed 66.7% of their field goals and went 8 of 12 from behind the arc for the half.

An HCU layup gave the Huskies the lead 50-49 on four straight buckets to start the second half. Justin Mullins stopped the bleeding with a bucket. Denver came back, capped by a Marko Lukic lay-up and led at the officials timeout, 56-54. The red-hot shooting continued, as Brycen Long three’s kept HCU in the game. As the game heated up, consecutive called technicals on Corbett and Wulbrun pulled the score even,  71-71, with 10 minutes left. Denver kept their composure and moved out to a four-point lead with five minutes to go. Denver held the lead until the media timeout. Tyree Corbett started to take over the game on defense in the half with critical rebounds and key buckets. A Marko Lukic bucket after a Tyree Corbett steal kept Denver’s lead at four, 85-81 with 1:44 remaining. A crucial Tommy Bruner three at  1:09  gave  DU breathing room, 88-81, and Bruner delivered again with two free throws to eliminate any possibility of a rally by Houston Christian. Final score 93-83, Denver.

A timout photo from the Damion Goddard executive suite in Houston.

The game marked Denver’s first 7-1 start in its DI history and marked five straight wins away from home. This season’s squad seems a million miles away from the 42-game road losing streak that Jeff Wulbrun inherited last season when taking over the program. “Really proud of the guys- it’s hard to win on the road. They (HCU) gave us all we could handle. It’s just great. They guys were locked in – they kept fighting. They knew it was winning time. (Winning close games) gives the team belief, trust and confidence.”

DU super fan Damien Goddard attended pregame practice, the game and hosted a dinner for the team followimg the win.

The team was treated to a celebratory dinner and South American fare at Say y Pimiento by Goddard.

Next up, Texas A&M Commerce Sunday, December 4th at Hamilton Gym at 2pm MT. Come out and see your Denver Pioneers!





9 thoughts on “Hot Shooting Denver Downs Houston Christian, Moves to 7-1”

  1. What a win! Never could have won that game last year. Now before we get negative, let’s know that HCU has been very competitive in all their games, except Texas and Mizzou. They have had sizable leads at half, and then faltered late. HCU will challenge for the Southland Conference title. Rice beat St. Thomas by 37. HCU lead Rice 41-34 at half. Plus we don’t have Porter. We don’t have Tevin. Tevin will be back. The players are coming together. Each game we get a new glimpse of what this team might be. We’re getting better. What can we do against a solid TX A&M-Commerce team? They have beaten some good teams including Air Force who all you old fans love to root for! Ha, ha. And IF WE PACK THE PLACE AND GET FIRED UP HOW WILL OUR TEAM RESPOOND? Let’s stop being grumpy. Love the progress we are seeing. And have fun with what seems to be a great group of guys and a talented coach with a plan.

    1. Couldn’t agree more Aaron. When Wulbrun came to DU we were in the throes of a 42 game road losing streak. The won the last five games away from Hamilton (away/neutral sites) and have the best start in their D1 history. There is every reason to be delighted and optimistic!

  2. Dunker saw Boone on 📺 tonight. I love watching DU hoops. Once we had big first half lead, I didn’t think HCU would take the lead. However they did, and we responded.

  3. Love seeing the early success for this group – staff and players alike. Road wins are tough to come by and not to be taken for granted. Looking forward to seeing the Pios in action on Sunday!

  4. When that offense is clicking its a layup or dunk every time.

    See ya’ll in LA. #BeatTheBruins

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