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Udofia’s 15 points pace the Pioneers past Texas State

DENVER – University of Denver junior forward Chris Udofia (Irving, Texas) scored 15 points on 6-for-10 shooting from the floor, leading the Pioneers to a 64-53 victory over Texas State 64-53 Thursday evening at Magness Arena.

The Pioneers (6-7, 2-1 WAC) shot 54.8 percent (23-for-42) from the field and went 9-for-10 (50.0 percent) from three-point range, while holding the Bobcats (4-11, 0-3 WAC) to just 38.6 percent (17-of-44) from the floor and 31.3 percent (5-of-16) from beyond the arc.

Sophomore Brett Olson (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) who finished with 13 points and a career-high six assists, and senior Chase Hallam (Mesquite, Texas) tallied 11 points and a six rebounds.

“It was a real battle tonight,” head coach Joe Scott said. “Texas State kept fighting back, but every time we responded with a three-pointer, a steal or a basket. When we needed plays to be made, our guys stepped up and made them.”

Sophomore Cam Griffin (San Antonio, Texas) recorded nine points, five steals, seven rebounds and four assists, and DU out-rebounded TXST, 28-23.

Denver opened the game on a 13-2 run behind five points from Udofia, but Texas State responded with an 11-2 run to cut the lead to 17-16 with 10:39 remaining in the first half. The Pioneers bounced back from there to stretch the lead back to double digits, but the Bobcats scored four points in the final 1:30 of the opening frame to enter the half with DU leading 31-25.

Udofia led the Pioneers with 13 first-half points, as Denver shot 52.4 percent (11-for-21) in the opening stanza, compared to 40.9 percent (9-for-22) for Texas State.

The Bobcats cut the deficit to three at 37-34 early in the closing frame, but Denver responded to stretch the lead back to double-digits at 49-39 with 11:31 left to play. The Bobcats used seven unanswered points to cut the advantage to 52-48 with 6:19 remaining, but the Pioneers were able to hold on for the 11-point victory.

Vonn Jones paced Texas State with 16 points, while Joel Wright added 12 points and six rebounds.

The Pioneers will return to action Sunday when they host Texas San Antonio at 2 p.m. MT.

Recap courtesy and reprinted with the permission of University of Denver athletics.

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