Denver (8-4) falls to Eastern Washington University (6-6)

The good news, Denver held all but three Eastern Washington University players to a total of 2 points. The bad news, the other three players scored 72 of the Eagles 74 points.

The Big Sky defending champions, Eastern Washington Eagles, invaded DU's Magness Arena for a mid-day tilt Sunday afternoon. With 8 of their first 11 games played on the road or neutral courts, the Eagles came into the game following three straight losses and a cancellation in their last four games. Heading into Sunday, the Eagles average over 10 3-point buckets per game, led by Austin McBroom at 18.7 ppg. followed by forwards Felix Von Hofe at 14.7 ppg. and Venky Jois at 13.8 ppg.

The game started with a technical foul shot and a 1-0 Denver lead. The two teams traded points to a 9-9 tie. A three point bucket by Engesser made it 14-9 DU at the 12 minute mark. The teams knotted the score at 16 points at the 11:30 mark. Then. the fireworks started with 3-point bombs from EW as they took a 23-30 lead at 6:38. The Eagles burned up the nets with 55% shooting from 3-point range and 58% from the field. DU shot 20% from the arc and 46.4% from the field. More big 3's by the Eagles, on 8-16 shooting from the 3, put the Eagles up at half, 43-32. Von Hofe torched the Pioneers for 22 points in the first half - by far the most damage by an opposing player in a single half of basketball this year versus the Pioneers. 

After half, EW pulled out to a 14 point lead, 46-32, on cold shooting by DU. Then, the Eagles extended their lead to a 17 point margin at 15:53. Jois and Von Hofe  scored 40 of their team's 50 points. DU rallied but continued to trail by 10 points at the 12 minute mark. An astonishing 57 of the Eagles first 59 points are coming from three players. DU made a scoring push and cut the margin to 8 at the 7:00 minute mark but cold shooting and big 3's by EW quickly took the lead back up to 14 points with 3:26 remaining - 54-68. DU could not keep up, shooting 42 % from the field and 27% from the arc. DU trailed  by 14 at the 2 minute mark and never threatened from there.

DU could never put together a big push in the second half to get back into the game. DU finished the game shooting 40.4% from the field and 23.5% from the three-point range - their worst shooting of the season. The rebounding disadvantage, 21-40, all but eliminated any comeback hopes by the crimson and gold. Denver had nine players with double-digit minutes but no one could solve the big three from Cheney Washington and their 12 three-pointers.

McBroom 18 points, Von Hofe 28 points, and Jois 26 points scored 72 of Eastern Washington's 74 points. DU Freshman Joe Rosga finished with 23 points and Jake Pemberton and Marcus Byrd had 7 each.

Final score 74-58, Eastern Washington.


Dunker said...

72 of the 74 points from 3 players. pathetic defense,; falls on coach Scott. Highlight of game was TT and TT on the video screen

5BWest said...

It wasn't that bad. The Lakers (4-23) were practicing in Hamilton Gym during the game. So, DU was not the worst team in the building yesterday. Rosga's first move is better than Kobe's at this point.

DU WAG said...

Thanks Dunker!