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

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Madison Square Garden Marquee in 1961. Photo: New York Times

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 in this two-part flashback series. In the first part (here), he covered the first four DU appearances between 1947 and 1959, while in this second part (below) he covers the second four MSG appearances, which occurred between 1959 and 1966.

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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)

Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans

The past weekend was bookended by a premier lacrosse showdown between #8 DU and #11 Duke at a sold-out Peter Barton Stadium and #5 Denver Gymnastics performing in front of  5,500 fans in Magness Arena. If athletics are ‘the front porch’ of a university, Denver was just a few heads short of a visit from the fire marshall. Continue reading Roller Coaster Weekend for DU Athletics and Fans

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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Fort Wayne Mastodons Race by DU, 70-63

Photo: Courtesy of Jason Evans

Twenty-seven percent shooting from the field and twelve first-half turnovers put the Denver Pioneers (5-20, 1-10 Summit League) in a deep hole, 38-19. The Pioneers trailed by as many as 22 points in the second half and cut the Mastodons lead below double digits with 1:25 remaining in the contest. But Denver could never get closer than 6 points in the game, only hitting 10-22 free throws (42%) and throwing the ball away 17 times to Fort Wayne’s 12. DU reported Hamilton Gym with 1,080 spectators in attendance. Continue reading Fort Wayne Mastodons Race by DU, 70-63

Is the Smart Play for DU to Abandon D-I Hoops Dream of Competitiveness?

It’s no secret the DU athletic department is hitting on all cylinders. Nearly every Pioneer sport is excelling except for hoops, both men’s and women’s these days. DU gets great bang for its buck as the top non-football Division I athletic department in America for 11 of the last 12 years, but what is even realistic for a school like DU?  Is the chase for relevance in hoops even worth it when the sport can only be currently funded to be competitive in a mid-major conference like the Summit League?

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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

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

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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