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Men’s Hoops Moving to Hamilton Gym to Conclude Season

On Tuesday,  Denver men’s basketball announced the move from Magness Arena to Hamilton Gym for the balance of the season. Hamilton Gym has a capacity of 2,000 fans  – well above the current crowds for men’s basketball of 800-1,200 spectators. This venue decision applies to the remaining three games and has not been decided as a long-term option for the future of men’s hoops. Continue reading Men’s Hoops Moving to Hamilton Gym to Conclude Season

Pioneers Support Vote to Extend College Soccer Season

A new proposal discussed at recent NCAA meetings would reduce the college soccer regular-season schedule – for both the men and women – from 25 to 23 total matches but would expand the campaign across the entire school year. The first half would consist of 13 games in the fall and end around Thanksgiving before picking back up in the spring with nine more matches. In DU’s case, non-conference games would likely be held in the fall and conference matches and championships would be held in the spring. The College Cup would fall between lacrosse’s Championship Weekend which coincides with Memorial Day and baseball’s College World Series. Three exhibitions would be spread around the year, as opposed to the current setup of five meaningless exhibition games all set in the spring offseason. Continue reading Pioneers Support Vote to Extend College Soccer Season

After Fast Start, Denver Stumbles to South Dakota, 93-87

Denver (5-18, 1-8 Summit League) raced out to a 26-16 lead in the first 10 minutes of the game, only to follow an old, familiar script the balance of the game. The South Dakota Coyotes pulled even 41-41 at the half and pulled away in the second twenty minutes. The visitors scored 38 points in the paint along with 26 fast-break-points. South Dakota doubled Denver’s 3-point shooting, 10-5. The teams (and fans) were tortured with 71 total free throws which made the game nearly two-and-a-half hours long. Continue reading After Fast Start, Denver Stumbles to South Dakota, 93-87

Denver Falls Short at North Dakota, 78-71

Photo: Courtesy of VisitGrandForks.com

Denver (5-16, 1-6) lost to North Dakota Fighting Hawks in Grand Forks Thursday night. The Pioneers committed 18 turnovers and allowed 10 3-point shots to fall in the 78-71 loss. Denver shot 3-10 from downtown for the contest. The loss left Denver all alone in the Summit League cellar. Denver falls two full games behind North Dakota in the win column and one game behind Western Illinois for the final Summit League Conference Tournament slot. Eight conference games remain. Continue reading Denver Falls Short at North Dakota, 78-71

DU Looks to Snap 10-Game Conference Road Skid

Photo credit: Jason Evans

During the 2017-2018 season, Denver men’s basketball finished with a 5-game winning streak that ended with a decisive 89-52 road win against Western Illinois in Macomb, Illinois on February 24th, 2018. That was the last time Denver secured a Summit League regular-season road win. Billups and company finished the season 15-15 and things were looking up. Continue reading DU Looks to Snap 10-Game Conference Road Skid

Denver Enjoys Change of Scenery in 91-76 Win Versus Omaha

Photo: Courtesy of Jason Evans

It had been six weeks without a win for Denver men’s basketball. With a men’s and women’s basketball double-header scheduled in Hamilton Gym instead of Magness Arena, Denver men’s hoops got a much needed change of scenery – and it worked. The Pioneers who always seem to play Omaha basketball tough, took advantage of the visiting Mavs with a fast start and held serve in the second half en route to a strong 91-76 victory. Continue reading Denver Enjoys Change of Scenery in 91-76 Win Versus Omaha

Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event

DU has formally announced its 2020 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees.

The ceremony will feature a return to campus by hockey head coach George Gwozdecky, one of Denver’s greatest coaches, who led DU to a pair of national championships, multiple NCAA appearances and an imposing 443-267-64 record in 19 years with the Pioneers between 1994 and 2013. The evening is sure to be a special one as ‘Coach Gwoz’ finally gets some of the eternal recognition that he so richly deserves as a legend in the Pioneer family. Continue reading Coach George Gwozdecky Headlines DU’s 2020 Hall of Fame Class Induction Event

Denver Fades in Second Half Collapse, 80-68 to South Dakota State

For 20 minutes, DU (4-14, 0-4) looked like a well-oiled machine as the Pioneers jumped out to 46-37 halftime lead over South Dakota State. DU shot 61.3% for the half and had only three turnovers. It was clearly Denver’s best half of the season. But in the second half, DU shooting went stone cold (6-32, 18.8%) and 0-11 from downtown. SDSU was in the free throw bonus with more than 11 minutes to go in the game on calls that went the Jackrabbits way. As the fouls piled up on DU’s big men, SDSU punished Denver inside with 24 points-in-the-paint. In the final four minutes, leading by 3 points, SDSU outscored Denver 17 to 5 to seal the 80-68 victory. Continue reading Denver Fades in Second Half Collapse, 80-68 to South Dakota State

Whats Up There? A Look Inside DU’s Williams Tower

We’ve talked about Williams Tower in what has become an iconic fixture in South Denver. The tower stands 215 feet tall and can be seen for miles away from the campus. Locally, the bells toll time for students and residents alike. While many people have seen the gleaming tower as they pass the University of Denver or go to sporting events, few get to experience the ‘inner-workings’ of the tower. Continue reading Whats Up There? A Look Inside DU’s Williams Tower