TUCSON, AZ - MARCH 17: Taylor Montgomery #44 of the Northern Colorado Bears vies for position with Malcolm Thomas #4 of the San Diego State Aztecs during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at McKale Center on March 17, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Denver Pioneers Vs. Northern Colorado: Denver Looks For A Road Win

Denver and Northern Colorado meet for the 115th time.

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Denver Pioneers Vs. Northern Colorado Final Score: Big Second Half Fuels Denver To Victory

The Denver Pioneers entered their Wednesday night contest against the Northern Colorado Bears as heavy favorites, but Denver trailed by five at halftime thanks to some hot shooting from the opposition. The Pioneers wouldn't be denied, though: a big second half resulted in a 71-65 road victory for Denver.

The Pioneers rode balanced scoring throughout the game, with four players reaching double-figures. Guard Brian Stafford finished with a team-high 16 points and added two steals to lead the win. Freshman forward Royce O'Neale came off the bench to provide 14 crucial points and five assists and four rebounds in the win. Guard Brett Olsen (11 points) and sophomore forward Chris Udofia (10 points) helped pace Denver.

Guard Tate Unruh hit five three-pointers in a 19-point effort for Northern Colorado to lead all scorers. Paul Garnica finished with 18 points and six assists in the loss for the Bears.

Denver improves to 7-2 with the win. Northern Colorado falls to 3-6.

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Denver Pioneers Vs. Northern Colorado Score Update: Pioneers Trail At Half

The Denver Pioneers are off to a promising 6-2 start this season, but are facing all they can handle from Northern Colorado at Butler-Hancock Hall. Northern Colorado took a 31-26 lead into halftime on Wednesday.

The Pioneers opened the the second half on an 11-0 run to storm ahead and grab the lead.

Denver is the team usually known for stellar three-point shooting, but Northern Colorado has been successful shooting the long ball as well thus far. The Bears have hit 5-of-11 three-pointers and are currently 16-of-33 from the field overall. Paul Garnica provided most of the offense for Northern Colorado. At time of print, he has 13 points and four assists. Tate Unruh has chipped in eight points thus far.

Guard Brian Stafford has nine points to lead Denver thus far, all on three-pointers. As a team, the Pioneers have hit 11 three balls. Brett Olson has 11 points so far thanks to three three-pointers.

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Denver Pioneers Vs. Northern Colorado: Hot-Shooting Denver Hits The Road

Denver and Northern Colorado meet for the 115th time.

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