DU Hoops Snaps Two Game Skid 59-47, Moves to 6-3
DU (6-3) traveled to San Diego (3-6) to play the Toreros [bull fighters] (Bet Dunker knew that!) at Jenny Craig Pavilion. C.J. Bobbit was out again and has been diagnosed with mono. Hopefully, his case is mild and he will be on the floor for the Summit League start.
In the first half, freshmen Jake Holtzman owned the offensive end by scoring 10 straight points while the Pio's played lock down defense, holding SD to 29.6% shooting. DU moved to a comfortable lead early in the first half but the Tereros came back after some missed buckets by DU to make it 25-19, Pioneers, at half.
The second half started with cold shooting by both squads. Then, San Diego hit some big shots to close the score to 25-27 but a 3-point shot by Pemberton took the game to a five point differential. DU hit a couple of hook shots in the low blocks to extend the score to 39-29 at the 10 minute mark. The teams traded baskets but just when San Diego seemed to make a push, Joe Rosga hit a critical turnaround floater at the 2 minute mark to build the lead back to 10 points. The teams exchanged points until the final buzzer.
Nate Engesser led the Pioneers with 12 points. Duke Douglas led the Pios in rebounding (6) with solid contributions from Daniel Amigo (6 pts., 2 reb.) and Christian Mackey (9 pts., 4 rebs.). Jake Pemberton (3 pts., 4 assists, 5 reb.) played well for the crimson and gold on both offense and defense. Freshmen Joe Rosga had his typical game of 9 points and 5 reb..
This was a solid all-around game from DU against a WCC foe. DU shot only 3-12 from the arc but worked the ball inside. SD shot 33% from the field for the game and was ice cold from the 3-point line (4-25). DU played 10 players deep with lots of minutes for everyone. The bench delivered big-time.
Next game home is Sunday, noon against Weber State at Magness Arena.