DU Drills Cal Poly in Home Opener, 97-76

DU men’s basketball (1-1) relied on sharp shooting (56% to 34.4%) scoring spurts from three (7-14) and Tommy Bruner (14 points) to take a 51-32 lead into the second half against the Cal Poly Mustangs. The Pioneers owned the lead for the full 20 minutes. Coach Wulbrun went deep into his bench with 9 players logging minutes, 7 players made the scoresheet.

Denver carried over the hot shooting to the second half and extinguished any hope of a Mustang comeback. DU held the Mustangs at bay, 71-54, in the first ten minutes of the second half. DU got in the bonus with 9 minutes left, opening up the floor for the Pioneers. A scoring run by the Mustangs pulled the game to a 14-points but Touko Tainamo countered with a putback and Jaxson Brenchley made a fast break bunny to extend the lead to 83-65. Denver was able to coast down the stretch and was never seriously threatened.

This was a total team effort at Hamilton Gym. Touko Tainamo nearly secured another double-double with 13 points and 9 rebounds (along with 2 blocks). Utah transfer Jaxson Brenchley had 14 points and 3 rebounds. Isaiah Addo-Ankrah had a great all-around game with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and a steal – going 3-6 from beyond the arc to open up the floor. Ultimately, it was Tommy Bruner, Denver’s do-it-all point guard, who fueled the victory with 28 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal.

The Pioneers shot a blazing 55.1% on the night along with 10 of 21 from downtown. Denver also owned the boards 41-30 and went 84.6% from the charity stripe. Denver never trailed. All-in-all, an outstanding opener.

Next up for Denver is a road trip to play in the Jaguar Classic in Mobile, Alabama with three games in five days. Denver opens with Nicholls on Monday (6:00 pm MT), SIUE on Wednesday (5:00 pm MT) and Southern Alabama on Friday (2:00 pm MT).

2 thoughts on “DU Drills Cal Poly in Home Opener, 97-76”

  1. Looking forward to watch the Pios this year. Looks like this is the year they can really turn things around!

  2. Disappointed to have missed this one, but really glad the Pios started off the home slate on a positive note. Looking forward to seeing them the day before Turkey Day.

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