Denver finally got over their second half yips and put away USC Upstate 84-69 on Saturday afternoon in Magness Arena. It was a well rounded performance from the Pios and was a refreshing change from the back to back second half collapses that we have seen this month. The shooting was strong in both halves, with Denver actually shooting 63% from the field in the second half alone (compared to an amazing 72% in the first half), which was great to see from the Pioneers.
It was almost déjà vu all over again for the Denver Pioneers, but a late surge pushed them past San Jose State, 58-56. The stat sheet was dominated by three players – Joe Rosga, Jake Pemberton, and Daniel Amigo – between them they scored 56 of the Pioneer’s 58 points – and it was a big three by Rosga and free throws by Pemberton and Amigo that carried Denver at the end.
The Denver Pioneers finally got their first statement win of the 2017-2018 season. A talented Wyoming team traveled to Denver on Wednesday night as 6.5 point favorites, but a balanced shooting effort from the Pioneers and dominant rebounding led to a 88-78 victory in which Denver was in control for the entire 40 minutes. After a frustrating start to the season, it was nice seeing the Pios click on all cylinders against a Mountain West team that has already beaten South Dakota State this season.
The final score was a familiar one as Denver lost 79-71 for the second time in three games. However, the path to that final score was far different than the one the Pios took when they played a tough Florida Gulf Coast team to the final minutes in a true road game on Friday night. In this contest the Pioneers came out shockingly cold and were out of it before the dust even had a chance to settle. The obvious bright spot came from Joe Rosga, who had a career high 33 points, including a barrage of 20 in the last 8:18 to lead the rally that would end up falling short.
Daniel Amigo notched his third double double of the season (and second in a row) to help Denver get past St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. Amigo would end the game with an impressive 24 points and 16 rebounds, shooting 10-14 from the field and 4-6 from the line. Amigo also ended up with only three fouls, he did foul out yesterday against Florida Gulf Coast, but the foul troubles that plagued him at times last year seem to be much improved. It was another breakout performance in a season where the Pios will probably need games like that from Amigo to hang with the big boys in the Summit.
It was another frustrating night for the Denver Pioneers – with the score tied at 60 and 5:27 remaining, Denver was in position to steal a road win against a team that has been to the NCAA tournament in both of the previous two seasons. Instead, Florida Gulf Coast put on a stellar offensive performance in the remaining minutes and hit their free throws to come away with a 79-71 victory in the first game for both teams of the Homewood Suites FGCU Shootout.
Things were a little tense at halftime of Thursday’s blowout win over Johnson & Wales – sloppy play and poor execution had the Pioneers only ahead by 2 points and there was some concern that this game wouldn’t be the blowout we all expected. The game started off well, with Daniel Amigo slamming home an alley oop, but defensive miscues created a number of good looks and second chances for Johnson & Wales and the Wildcats took advantage. Particularly notable were some outright bad passes (an issue in past games as well) and one instance where Donoven Carlisle was called for a reach in foul with only one second left on the shot clock. So there was some cause for concern as we waited for the second half to begin with Denver only ahead 31-29.
BOULDER – Denver got 22 points from Daniel Amigo and 15 from Joe Rosga, but it wasn’t enough as the Pioneers were outrebounded 46-23 by the long and athletic Buffaloes in a 27 point loss on Tuesday night.
The 2017-2018 season didn’t start exactly as the Denver Pioneers had hoped or planned. A spunky UC Irvine team came into Magness Arena on Sunday evening and walked out with a fairly easy 83-69 victory. Most Denver fans had this game marked as a win before the season, but a combination of poor shooting and costly turnovers from the Pios proved to be too much to overcome.
With DU basketball Media Day complete, Click above to listen to our 2017-2018 DU Men’s Basketball Preview Podcast. Topics covered include:
-Initial thoughts on the November 7th media day.
-Our picks for Surprise Player, Most Improved Player, and Most Exciting Player.
-Analysis of DU’s schedule and realistic win expectations.
-Our projection of the final Summit League standings
-Commentary on the first two games of the season – November 12 vs UC Irvine and November 14 at Colorado.
Denver men’s basketball begins this Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against UC-Irvine at Magness Arena. Women’s basketball will tip-off at 1:00 against Northern Colorado prior to the men’s game.