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Longtime University of Denver fan and alumnus.

Pioneer Flashback: When DU Basketball Was a Regular at Madison Square Garden (Part I)

Photo: The old Madison Square Garden (1925-1968) in New York City, seen here in 1932 taking up most of a city block, hosted the DU Pioneers Basketball team eight times between 1947 and 1966.

Our own Puck Swami takes a look back through DU’s rich sports history to the eight times DU men’s basketball played at New York City’s Madison Square Garden between 1947 and 1966 in this first of a two-part flashback series, which covers DU’s first four appearances in New York City.

While DU basketball is known today mostly on the basketball courts of Denver, and around the Summit League, there was once a time when the DU Pioneers were a New York City attraction, playing eight times at the legendary old Madison Square Garden in New York City in the 19-year span between 1947 and 1966.  Continue reading Pioneer Flashback: When DU Basketball Was a Regular at Madison Square Garden (Part I)

Murkey Smashes DU Records in 90-78 Pioneer Loss to South Dakota State

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Ade Murkey set a new school Divison I record with a 42 point night at South Dakota State. Photo/Rich Schmitt

University of Denver Senior Ade Murkey exploded for a school-record 42-point, 11- rebound performance in a 90-78 loss to South Dakota State in Brookings, S.D. In a horrible 5-21 season where not much has gone well for the last-place Pioneers, Murkey’s DU D-I record performance single-handedly kept the Pioneers close into the game’s final minutes and earned him a standing ovation from the South Dakota State crowd as he left the game near the end.

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Puck Swami: Defending Rodney Billups

Photo: Rodney Billups. DU coach Rodney Billups is in year four of his five year contract. Photo: University of Denver

“It’s not working”

“It’s been four years – DU’s record is getting worse each year”

“He’s in over his head”

“High school programs draw more fans”

We’ve all heard all these complaints before, and all of these statements have an element of truth to them. And, we continue to want to hear your voices – even if you may disagree with us. Continue reading Puck Swami: Defending Rodney Billups

Denver Pioneers Blow-Out St. Cloud St. Huskies in Series Opener, 6-3

Denver star defenseman Ian Mitchell scored one of the most memorable goals of his Pioneer career on a short-handed, unassisted breakaway — a decisive game-winning goal at 7:16 the third period, as the Denver Pioneers blew open a tight game in third period and cruised to 6-3 NCHC win over St. Cloud State University to delight the nearly 6,000 fans at Magness Arena in Denver. Continue reading Denver Pioneers Blow-Out St. Cloud St. Huskies in Series Opener, 6-3

Pioneer Basketball Comeback Falls Just Short as Air Force Beats Denver, 79-75

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DU senior Ade Murkey (0) had a season high 26 points to lead DU, but it was not enough for a win, as DU fell to Air Force 79-75 at Magness Arena. Photo: Justin Tafoya, Clarkson Creative

DENVER  – Senior Ade Murkey pumped-in a season-high 26 points, and sophomore Jase Townsend added 23 points for the Denver Pioneers, but it wasn’t quite enough for a win, as the Air Force Falcons clipped the Denver Pioneers, 79-75 before 1,170 fans at Magness Arena on Saturday, December 14th. The loss dropped the Pioneers to 4-8 on the year and improved the Falcons to 5-6. Continue reading Pioneer Basketball Comeback Falls Just Short as Air Force Beats Denver, 79-75

Puck Swami’s Musings from the Arizona Desert

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Denver Boone flew in for the DU tailgate and the Denver vs Arizona State game in Glendale, Arizona to cheer the Pioneers. Photo: Damien Goddard

GLENDALE, Ariz. — So the score lines from DU’s first-ever foray into the Arizona desert for hockey weren’t very pretty – #20 Arizona State 4, #4 DU 1 in the first game and ASU 2, DU 2 in overtime in the second game. Continue reading Puck Swami’s Musings from the Arizona Desert

Puck Swami’s Rapid Reaction: DU Extends Coaching Legend Bill Tierney’s Contract through 2024

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DU lacrosse coaching legend Bill Tierney is now signed through 2024. Photo: DU

University of Denver men’s lacrosse head coach Bill Tierney has signed a contract extension to keep him DU through the 2024 season, DU Vice Chancellor for Athletics, Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations Karlton Creech announced in a press release on Wednesday, Dec. 4. Continue reading Puck Swami’s Rapid Reaction: DU Extends Coaching Legend Bill Tierney’s Contract through 2024

70 Years of DU Hockey History Part IV: The Current Era – 2013-2019

Our own Puck Swami has authored a four-part historical retrospective for the 70th anniversary of the DU Hockey program. This is Part IV. Part One can be found here, Part II can be found here and Part III can be found here. While these stories run far longer than our usual stories, remember that 70 years is a lot to cover. Enjoy!

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DU Captain, all-American and Hobey Baker winner Will Butcher (at left with NCAA Trophy) led the 2017 Pioneers to the program’s eighth NCAA Championship. Photo: Robin Alam

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70 Years of DU Hockey History Part III: The Gwozdecky Years – 1994-2013

Our own Puck Swami has authored a four-part historical retrospective for the 70th anniversary of the DU Hockey program. This is Part III. Part One can be found here, Part II can be found here and Part IV can be found here. While these stories run far longer than our usual stories, remember that 70 years is a lot to cover. Enjoy!

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George Gwozdecky resurrected the Denver Hockey program from years of decline in the late 80s and early 90s, winning two NCAA titles in 2004 and 2005.  He also created the long streak of 20+ win seasons the program now expects each year as a perennial top 10 program. Photo: University of Denver

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Pioneer Volleyball Stays Hot, Sweeps North Dakota State Bison At Home

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Kylra Porch (#5 at right) hits for the Pioneers against North Dakota State. The Pioneers swept the Bison 3-1 on Sunday, Nov. 10 at Hamilton Gym in Denver. Photo: Jason Evans

The University of Denver volleyball team continued their hot play at home, sweeping the North Dakota State Bison (25-23, 25-19, 25-11) in Hamilton Gymnasium on Sunday, Nov 11, marking Denver’s second-straight victory and a fourth-straight home win.  Continue reading Pioneer Volleyball Stays Hot, Sweeps North Dakota State Bison At Home