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Denver Lands Colorado Transfer Tory Miller-Stewart

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Forward Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Denver Pioneers on Tuesday, becoming the second graduate transfer to join the Pioneers this off-season. (Source: Buffzone) (Header: Colorado Athletics)

DENVER, Colo. — Heading into the 2018-19 season, the Denver Pioneers had some holes to fill on their roster from the season prior.

Due to graduation, the Pioneers lost big man Daniel Amigo and guard Jake Pemberton, both of whom were key contributors in 2017-18. Pemberton was third on the team with 11.1 points per game, while Amigo led the Pioneers in rebounding (6.7 rpg) while finishing second in scoring (15.3 ppg).

This off-season, Denver has looked to the transfer market to add some experience and talent to their roster for the upcoming season. The addition of 6’7” forward Ronnie Harrell, Jr., a graduate transfer from the Creighton Bluejays, will undoubtedly boost the talent up front and on the wing for head coach Rodney Billups and company.

Even with the addition of Harrell Jr. to the mix, the Pioneers still had some holes to fill.

On Tuesday, the Pioneers added another big piece to the puzzle for the 2018-19 season by way of another graduate transfer with power conference experience. Forward Tory Miller-Stewart committed to the Pioneers, staying in the state of Denver after transferring from the Colorado Buffaloes. Continue reading Denver Lands Colorado Transfer Tory Miller-Stewart

2017-18 College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote: First Round Results

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Geno Crandall has emerged as an early front-runner in the 2017-18 Player of the Year Fan Vote, and he will look to keep the title at the University of North Dakota for a third year in a row.

SARNIA, Ont. — It’s time for conference tournaments across the country, and the 2018 NCAA Tournament field is slowly taking shape.

At the end of the day on Sunday, five teams have already secured their spots in the field of 68. The Murray State Racers, Lipscomb Bisons, Michigan Wolverines, Loyola (IL) Ramblers, and Radford Highlanders have all secured themselves a spot in the Big Dance. Over the next seven days, the rest of the automatic bids will be secured.

With the season in the home stretch before March Madness, it also signals award season. Conferences have handed out their annual awards, and the race for the national awards heated up down the stretch.

The end of the season also signaled the start of the College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote. For the second year in a row, we selected 96 of the best players from outside of the power conferences and put them into a bracket-style field to select our Player of the Year. Fans vote for their favourites each week until there is just one left standing.

Over the past seven days, over 9,800 votes were cast in the First Round for 64 of the nation’s top players. Thirty-two players advanced to the Round of 64, and will each square off with a player who received a First Round Bye in the field.

Here are some of the highlights from Round One: Continue reading 2017-18 College Court Report Player of the Year Fan Vote: First Round Results

RECAP: Tyus, Hollins lead Omaha to 97-88 win over Denver

Marcus Tyus scored a game-high 30 points, and Omaha held on in the second half for the 88-79 win over Denver. (Source: Omaha.com) (Header Photo: Omaha Mavericks)
Marcus Tyus scored a game-high 30 points, and Omaha held on in the second half for the 97-88 win over Denver. (Source: Omaha.com) (Header Photo: Omaha Mavericks)

OMAHA, Neb. — Wednesday night was a big night in Omaha for the host Omaha Mavericks.

Taking on the Denver Pioneers in Summit League action, the Mavericks were looking to extend their winning streak to four games, and move above .500 in Summit League play.

On the flip side, the Pioneers were looking to extend their own winning streak to three games. Unfortunately, only one team would continue their winning ways, and the odds were in favour of the home side.

Marcus Tyus and Tra-Deon Hollins combined for 54 points to lead the way for the Mavericks, and Omaha held on in the second half to come away with the 97-88 win over Denver. Continue reading RECAP: Tyus, Hollins lead Omaha to 97-88 win over Denver

RECAP: Denver Pioneers improve to .500 in Summit League play with 84-70 victory over Western Illinois

Joe Rosga paced the Pioneers with a game-high 25 points, and Denver improved to 2-2 in Summit League play with an 84-70 win over Western Illinois. (Source: Lacey Den Hartog - Denver Men's Basketball)
Joe Rosga paced the Pioneers with a game-high 25 points, and Denver improved to 2-2 in Summit League play with an 84-70 win over Western Illinois. (Source: Lacey Den Hartog – Denver Men’s Basketball)

DENVER, CO. — After an 87-83 loss on the road at the hands of the Fort Wayne Mastodons in their last outing. the Denver Pioneers were happy to be back on their home court on Wednesday night.

The loss against the Mastodons was their second straight defeat, and it put them at 1-2 in Summit League play, and in the bottom half of the standings for the time being. A win on Wednesday would build some positive momentum as they head into a stretch of tough games.

Denver’s tough stretch began on Wednesday, as they welcomed the upstart Western Illinois Leathernecks to town to open up a two-game homestand. Despite a loss in their last outing, the Leathernecks came into Wednesday’s tilt at 3-1 in conference play, and were looking to keep pace atop the standings.

While Denver would take a six-point lead at halftime, the Leathernecks continued to fight in the second.

With 12:57 to play in the game, Garret Covington completed a three-point play to give the Leathernecks a 51-49 lead. Joe Rosga responded with a three pointer to give Denver the lead right back, and the lead for good.

The Pioneers pulled away down the stretch, and came away with the 84-70 victory over the Leathernecks. Continue reading RECAP: Denver Pioneers improve to .500 in Summit League play with 84-70 victory over Western Illinois

RECAP: South Dakota halts Denver’s winning streak behind 23 points from Mooney

Sophomore guard Matt Mooney (13) scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in South Dakota-s 75-69 win over Denver on Wednesday. (Header: Denver Men's Basketball)
Sophomore guard Matt Mooney (13) scored a game-high 23 points and pulled down 7 rebounds in South Dakota-s 75-69 win over Denver on Wednesday. (Header: Denver Men’s Basketball)

Coming into the New Year, the Denver Pioneers were on quite the roll.

Following their 80-58 loss to the Texas A&M Aggies back on December 7th in College Station, TX, the Pioneers had reeled off six straight wins to close out the 2016 calendar year. They pushed their record to 9-5 overall, and opened up Summit League play with a 77-73 win over the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles.

On Wednesday night, Denver put their win streak on the line once more, as they welcomed the South Dakota Coyotes to town for some mid-week Summit League action.

The game saw 14 lead changes, and eight ties, and it would come right down to the wire.

With 1:58 to play in the game, Trey Burch-Manning grabbed an offensive rebound for the Coyotes and got a layup to fall, giving South Dakota the lead for good. Timely free throw shooting in the final minute sealed the deal for the visitors.

South Dakota put an end to Denver’s six game winning streak with their 75-69 win over the Pioneers. Continue reading RECAP: South Dakota halts Denver’s winning streak behind 23 points from Mooney