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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