Category Archives: Men’s Basketball

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

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

Shooting fails Denver in Summit League Opener, 66-55

The Pioneers (4-11) did just about everything they needed to do to win against conference favorite North Dakota State University, except make shots. Sophomore Jase Townsend’s 17 points sent Denver into halftime with a 33-33 tie. But Townsend and the Pioneers went cold in the second half on 6/33 shooting to fall to NDSU, 66-55. Continue reading Shooting fails Denver in Summit League Opener, 66-55

Denver Men’s Hoops Mid-Season Review

Photo Credit: Jason Evans

Denver’s mid-season record is 4-10. Many fans are, of course, disappointed with the record and it’s understandable. But, Denver Basketball is exactly where we predicted this young team would be following a difficult non-conference schedule.

So, we went back, re-read our LetsGoDU season preview and can now evaluate the team’s progress heading into Summit League play which starts December 28th against conference favorite North Dakota State University at Magness Arena. Continue reading Denver Men’s Hoops Mid-Season Review

Ice Cold Shooting Sinks Denver in Wyoming OT loss, 72-66

Photo: Courtesy of Jason Evans. DU’s David Nzekwesi drives to the hoop

The defensive effort was solid, but a brutal shooting display by the Pioneers Saturday afternoon left Denver with five consecutive losses to end the non-conference portion of their schedule. Shooting just 38% from the field and missing 18 free throws, DU still took the Cowboys to OT but DU could not finish the job. The Cowboys reeled off a 9-point run to start OT and the game was, essentially, over. Continue reading Ice Cold Shooting Sinks Denver in Wyoming OT loss, 72-66

University of Denver Athletics’ Decade in Review: Top 10 Moments of the Decade

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Top Moment of the Decade: DU’s 2015 NCAA Lacrosse Championship transcended DU – it was a watershed moment in the history of lacrosse in America as this victory moved it from an eastern game to a national game.

In 2010, when the decade began, the University of Denver was known primarily as a hockey school, supplemented by many NCAA ski titles. Continue reading University of Denver Athletics’ Decade in Review: Top 10 Moments of the Decade

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

New Mexico State Prevails, 72-67, Against Scrappy Denver Hoops

Photo: Rodney Billups with leading scorers Ade Murkey and Jase Townsend

It looked like the Pioneers were going to be blown out early. Down by as many as 18 points during the contest, a young Pioneer squad, on the back of solid defense, clawed their way back to make it a game in the final minute of play before falling New Mexico State, 72-67, at Magness Arena. Continue reading New Mexico State Prevails, 72-67, Against Scrappy Denver Hoops