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Omaha Blanks Denver in Dominating Fashion, 3-0

Was it the turkey-induced Tryptophan, exam week or just taking the Omaha Mavericks too lightly? Denver (9-4-0, 5-2-0) was outshot, out worked and outplayed Friday night at Magness Arena. The Mavericks took no mercy on #1 ranked DU in a display of superior hustle and quickness. The Mavs beat DU to pucks, shut down passing lanes and beat the stuffing out of DU on shots, 40-22, in a dominant 3-0 victory.

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Denver Slips by The Citadel, 74-71

Day two of the 2nd Annual Big Easy Classic pitted DU (5-1) against The Citadel (3-3).  The Bulldogs had jacked up 127 3-point attempts (42 makes) in their first five games. Today, they launched 23 more shots from behind the arc and made 7 but their final shot from distance by Austin Ash missed the mark at the buzzer and the Pioneers escaped with the win, their third victory in a row, 74-71. Continue reading Denver Slips by The Citadel, 74-71

Bruner Hits Buzzer Beater for DU Win Over Idaho State, 70-69

Denver men’s basketball (3-1) traveled to Pocatello, Idaho to face the Idaho State Bengals (1-3). Poor three-point shooting haunted the Pioneers early this season. The same held true Friday night as Denver went 3 of 16 from behind the arc but only trailed Idaho State by 2 points with six seconds left. Instead of a tie, Denver went for the win from distance. The game-winner was generated from an assist by Tevin Smith to wide-open Tommy Bruner for the win in regulation. Continue reading Bruner Hits Buzzer Beater for DU Win Over Idaho State, 70-69

Sacramento State Wins Late, 73-69

Denver (2-1) faced the Sacramento State Hornets (2-1) in the first game of a home-and-home non-conference basketball series.  The Hornets were led by first-year head coach David Patrick who had a team that matched up with DU’s size and athleticism. It was an evenly played game as Denver led by three points at the half. Denver had an 8-point lead on a Tevin Smith jumper in the paint at 11:46 of the second half but the Hornets reeled in the Pioneers. For the game, the Hornets matched Denver’s points in the paint, 42, but outscored Denver 15-4 from three-point range. Ultimately, that eleven-point gap was tough to overcome. DU’s Tommy Bruner had a chance to tie the game from beyond the arc with 2.7 seconds remaining but his shot missed the mark. Continue reading Sacramento State Wins Late, 73-69

DU Athletes Deliver Outstanding Week of Performances

We told you about the Pioneer’s HUGE hockey road sweep of North Dakota – the program’s first sweep of UND in Grand Forks since 2010; Denver men’s soccer winning the Summit League Tournament; and, DU men’s basketball’s 2-0 start this past week. DU hockey earns a bye this week. DU soccer was awarded a Thursday home NCAA Tournament home match against San Diego while DU men’s basketball plays at Hamilton Gym tonight before traveling to the MTE New Orleans Tournament Mid-Week. Continue reading DU Athletes Deliver Outstanding Week of Performances

Denver Breezes Past Colorado College, 90-68

It had been 9,949 days since the University of Denver (2-0)  played the Colorado College Tigers (1-1) on the hardwood.  Denver took that game 90-61. Thursday’s rematch had much the same flavor as the CC Tigers stumbled out of the gate with a technical when they failed to submit their starting lineup card on time. It would only get worse from there for the Tigers. Continue reading Denver Breezes Past Colorado College, 90-68

DU Knocks Off Rust, Downs Idaho 68-63 in Season Opener

One of DU’s most anticipated basketball seasons kicked off Monday evening at Hamilton Gym. Denver men’s basketball faced the Idaho Vandals in the opener for both squads. Denver was the better team, winning 68-63, despite going 17-33 from the free throw line. It was 50% shooting from the field for the Pioneers and solid perimeter defense, limiting the Vandals to 6 of 30 from downtown.  Rising star Tevin Smith led DU with 23 points and point guard Tommy Bruner (12 points) nailed timely shots to spur the season-opening win. On the night, Denver corralled 36 rebounds, 6 more than the Vandals. Continue reading DU Knocks Off Rust, Downs Idaho 68-63 in Season Opener

The City of Denver Loses Hockey Legend Peter McNab

It was with sadness that we learned of Peter McNab’s passing early today. McNab was a Canadian-born hockey player. He played 14 seasons in the NHL from 1973 to 1987 for the Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils. He later served as the color commentator for the Colorado Avalanche from their inaugural 1995-96 season until his death. DU fans will remember him as a great Pioneer. Continue reading The City of Denver Loses Hockey Legend Peter McNab