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Pio’s Lose in 3-Point Fest

The Pioneers hit twenty 3-pointers, a school record, and fell in a tight contest on the road to IPFW, 84-87.

The Denver Pioneers (13-13) dropped a road contest to IPFW (20-7) in Fort Waytne this evening. DU played the Mastodons (10-1 home) tough and made it a game. Max Landis for IPFW hit seven 3’s and Marcus Byrd hammered home eight trays from beyond the arc. Nate Engesser pumped in another six 3’s. The Pioneers shot an incredible 62.5% from three point territory while the Mastodons shot an even more unbelievable 66.7% from the arc. Thirty two 3- point shots by both teams led to 96 points, 56% of the total points scored in the game. Continue reading Pio’s Lose in 3-Point Fest

Inside Game Abandons Pioneers in 60-63 Loss

Thursday night, the University of Denver (13-12) fell to Western Illinois (9-13), 60-63 at Magness Arena.

The Pioneers had a chance to move to 14-11 and an excellent opportunity to finish the season 500 or better with three road games and one home game remaining. Instead, after losing to the last place Leathernecks at home,  they board a plane tomorrow morning to play Oral Roberts in a battle to finish their 3-game road trip above 500. Continue reading Inside Game Abandons Pioneers in 60-63 Loss

Preparations Continue for Weekend Tilt

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Photos: A truck delivers chemicals for El Polmar Natatorium. Donation drums are placed on the south side of Ritchie Center.

Work resumed at a fever pitch, supporting the “Help a Hawk” initiative. The DU – University of North Dakota hockey series starts this Friday night in Denver, Colorado.

A truck (featured photo) delivered four tons of chlorine at the west entrance to treat the El Polmar Natatorium for visitors who elect the bathe at the Ritchie Center.

Spectators are encouraged to bring donated goods to the game and place them in the “Help a Hawk” green drums placed at the south, west, and north entrances.

Update: NCHC Rejects DU Proposal

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The NCHC rejected a proposal from the University of Denver to allow North Dakota wear their uniforms inside-out on Saturday night to save on laundry expenses for the cash-strapped university.

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Photo: If approved, Saturday night’s game may have looked something like this (above)

UND, facing $5.0 million dollars in budget cuts, is looking for creative ways to reduce spending. State budget cuts have been mandated in lieu of the reduced oil production and revenue flowing into state coffers.

DU Board Intervenes to Salvage Hockey Weekend


The DU Board of Trustees met Friday afternoon in a special session amid growing concerns over University of North Dakota’s $5 million dollar budget shortfall. According to the meeting minutes, exclusively obtained by LetsGoDU, the board was troubled by the influx of cash strapped North Dakotans traveling to Denver for next weekend’s Pioneers – Fighting Sioux Hawks hockey series at Magness Arena.

DU has developed a detailed emergency plan to accommodate both the Fighting Hawks’ team as well as their fans. The seven point plan includes the following: Continue reading DU Board Intervenes to Salvage Hockey Weekend

DU Crashes the Boards & Dashes Omaha, 75-72

UNO (15-10) returned home to Baxter Arena to face the Denver Pioneers. The Pioneers (13-11) dominated the boards (39-25), outscored the Omaha bench by 23 points, and overcame the second half loss of Joe Rosga and 18 turnovers for the big road win. The Pioneers were tied twice by the Mavericks who shut down a 16 point second half deficit  – but DU never trailed. Continue reading DU Crashes the Boards & Dashes Omaha, 75-72