Denver men’s hoops (1-12, 0-6) returned to the Scheels Center in Fargo to face North Dakota State (9-7, 7-1) Saturday night trying to stop a brutal 11 game skid. The last road game Denver won was in 2018 but Denver was buoyed with the return of leading scorer Jase Townsend. Unfortunately, Denver returned to recent form and was crushed by the Bison, 84-58. Continue reading Bison Trample DU, 84-58
The University of Denver (1-11, 0-5) men’s basketball team traveled to Fargo and faced North Dakota State University (8-7, 6-1) Friday night at the Scheels Center. The Pioneers were without big man Robert Jones (leg injury) and top scorer Jase Townsend (ankle injury). Freshman Eric Moenkhaus and Sam Hines, Jr. had the start along with first-time starter Javonnie Bickham. Juniors’ Taelyr Gatlin and Tristan Green filled out the starting five for DU. Once again, Denver competed for most of the game, absent their top two scorers, but faded in the final minutes, 70-58.
Denver (1-10, 0-4) faced Oral Roberts University (8-6, 5-1) Saturday afternoon in a rematch. Once again, Denver was ice cold from the field and turned the ball over 16 times in the nine-point loss to ORU. Despite the final result, Denver continues to show resilience, continually battling back from deficits to make games close in the final minutes but unable to finish games with a ‘W’.
Oral Roberts University (7-6, 4-1) played Denver (1-9, 0-3) Friday afternoon. The DU game plan was to contain Oral Roberts’ big three – Kevin Obanor (20.5 ppg.), Max Abmas (21.0 ppg.) and RJ Glaspar (10.3 ppg) who have collectively accounted for 59 percent of the Golden Eagles scoring this season, including 87 percent of all Golden Eagles points over the last five games. The Pioneers held Obanor at bay (11 points) but 34 points from Abmas and 14 by Glaspar were enough to earn a tight victory for the visitors, 88-84. Continue reading Oral Roberts Pulls Away Late, 88-84
The Denver Pioneers (1-8, 0-2) returned to the scene of yesterday’s blowout loss to face the South Dakota Coyotes (4-6, 2-0) in a 24-hour test of team resilience and character. Denver struggled again with another double-digit loss, never holding a lead in the two-game weekend series. Continue reading Coyotes Pounce on Pioneers, 79-57
The Denver Pioneers (1-7, 0-1) faced the South Dakota Coyotes (3-6, 1-0) in Vermillion, South Dakota at the Sanford (who else) Coyote Sports Center for a late matinee game Saturday. USD pounded the Pioneers mercilessly, 93-54. This was, surely, the most embarrassing hoops loss since the historic 101-40 pasting administered by Gonzaga in 2018. Continue reading Coyotes Rout Hapless Denver, 93-54
Two desperate teams met on Tuesday afternoon at Hamilton Gym. A combined 1-10 going into the game, the University of Denver Pioneers (1-6) played the (1-5) Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. Absent two front-line starters for the game, DU dropped the game 68-65 as Denver could not make critical stops or baskets down the stretch. Continue reading Lumberjacks Chop Down Denver, 68-65
The University of Denver (1-5) hosted the Texas State Bobcats (5-3) in the first game of the Pioneer Challenge Saturday afternoon at Hamilton Gym. A 19 point Pioneer lead slipped away in the second half and the Pioneer dropped a heartbreaker, 70-68. Continue reading Bobcats Nip Denver, 70-68
Denver (1-4) played by far their best game of the season Wednesday night but fell to the University of Northern Colorado (3-1), 83-75. DU played the highly athletic Bears tough all night long but could never knock out the visitors who nailed 10 of 20 three’s (50%) for the game to DU’s 4 treys. Continue reading Bears Claw Past Pioneers, 83-75
It’s too early to determine a simple fix for what ails DU men’s basketball (1-3) heading into tonight’s game against Northern Colorado (2-1) at Hamilton Gym. However, digging into the statistics, you will see several major issues facing this season’s team. Continue reading Three Point Shooting & Turnovers Plague Denver Hoops