The Bears (10-4) pushed the lead into double digits for good during an 8-2 run that ended at 74-61, and followed with an 11-4 run that extended to their largest lead at 85-67 with 1:21 to play.
Andre Spight had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Northern Colorado beat Eastern Washington 88-75 in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams on Friday night.
Jordan Davis added 17 points and Tanner Morgan had a career-high 13 points for Northern Colorado. Anthony Johnson and Jonah Radebaugh added 11 each and Jalen Sanders scored 10.
Bogdan Bliznyuk had 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists to lead the Eagles (5-9). Jesse Hunt added 16 points, eight rebounds and four blocks.
The Bears led by as many as 13 in the first half before the Eagles closed to 35-30 with 1:17 left in the period. That was as close as it would get.
South Dakota Bounces DU Men In League Opener 81-72
The University of Denver men’s basketball team dropped its Summit League opener Saturday afternoon to the South Dakota Coyotes.
DU led 17-16 in the first half but fell behind by 12 at halftime and never recovered.
The Pioneers cut the Coyote’s lead to nine when Daniel Amigo’s offensive rebound and put-back made it 51-42, but it was the only time South Dakota let its advantage dip below double figures in the second half.
Amigo led Denver (6-9) with 17 points. Jake Pemberton added 14.
Last year’s Summit League Newcomer of the Year Matt Mooney turned in a game-high 20 points for USD (13-4).
Sons Of The Pioneers Coming To Denver
Legends of Western Music are making an appearance here in Denver.
Sons of the Pioneers will be playing at Swallow Hill Music on Saturday, Jan. 6.
“Sons of the Pioneers know their fans from all over the region will be in Denver in the upcoming week, so they wanted to make sure they were in Denver too”, said Barry Osborne, the Associate Marketing Director for Swallow Hill Music.
The band has a history that reaches back to the early 1930s, when the band was founded by several members including Roy Rogers and Bob Nolan.
Some of their biggest hits include “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”, “Cool Water”, and “Ghost Riders in the Sky.”
Officials with Sons of the Pioneers say they’ve accumulated more coveted honors and awards than anyone in Western music. The group has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Western Music Association Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, to name just a few.