Denver vs Northern Colorado

Denver 71, N. Colorado 65


GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - Brian Stafford scored 13 of his 16 points in the second half to lead Denver to a 71-65 victory over Northern Colorado on Wednesday night.

Royce O'Neale added 14 points and Brett Olson 11 for Denver (7-2), which improved to 3-1 on the road. The Pioneers scored 25 points off 18 turnovers and finished 11 of 32 on 3-point attempts.

Tate Unruh led Northern Colorado (3-6) with 19 points. The Bears had been off since Dec. 3 and showed rustiness, though they outscored the Pioneers 30-18 inside the paint and 18-7 on second-chance opportunities.

Denver did not get its first lead of the game until 3-pointers by Stafford and Rob Lewis put them up 32-31 early in the second half. The Pioneers extended it to 37-31 before Paul Garnica, who finished with 18 points, made Northern Colorado's first shot of the half.

Northern Colorado closed the gap to 44-42 on Brandan Keane's hook shot with 12:02 remaining, but went scoreless for over seven minutes. Denver went on a 10-0 run over that stretch, which was capped Travis Hallam's layup to make the score 54-42.

Unruh's 3-pointer got the Bears as close as 60-54. Stafford made four free throws in the final 1:29 to seal the win.

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Denver Pioneers
C. Udofia, F323-74-453110
C. Hallam, F312-71-25115
R. Lewis, F162-52-21217
B. Stafford, G314-104-400116
B. Olson, G214-80-030211
R. O'Neale264-85-645114
B. Foeman241-12-22235
T. Hallam121-20-01323
J. Coughlin80-20-01000
Totals 21-5018-2028161271
Northern Colorado Bears
E. Addo, F251-50-03222
C. Osborne, C213-41-411027
P. Garnica, G366-153-336118
T. Unruh, G307-150-020319
T. Svihovec, G291-50-01122
M. Proctor232-34-66158
T. Huskisson192-20-02115
A. Hawk-Harris81-20-01002
B. Keane61-20-01002
B. Douvier30-00-00020
Totals 24-538-1334111865
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
South Dakota12-422-12116
No. Dak. St.11-519-11111
S. Dak. St.8-818-17155
Western Ill.5-118-20325
Oral Roberts4-128-22292

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