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Denver vs. Stanford final score: Pioneers lose to Cardinal, 71-58

Denver did not have an answer for Stanford's Dwight Powell, who scored a career-high 29 points, including 19 in the pivotal first half on Sunday.

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The Denver Pioneers fell to the Stanford Cardinal, 71-58, on Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif.

The Pioneers had all kinds of trouble with Stanford big man Dwight Powell, who scored 19 of his team's 35 first-half points and finished with 29. He helped the Cardinal finish with a 34-14 advantage in the paint.

The Pioneers compounded their defensive issues by having problems scoring early, falling into a 21-6 hole and never getting to within less than 10 points of the Cardinal afterward, despite outscoring Stanford in the second half, 39-36.

Royce O'Neale scored 17 points for the Pioneers, who have lost four consecutive games. Chris Udofia was Denver's only other player to finish in double-digits. He had 10 points.

Denver remains winless on the road, dropping to 0-3 away from Magness Arena. The Pioneers are now 1-5 overall. They return home on Dec. 5 to face Mercer, who upset Florida State today. After that game, Denver will have nine days off before hosting Nebraska-Omaha on Dec. 15.