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Saturday Was a Great Day for Front Range Basketball!

February 5, 2012

It was like a friggin carnival.

Everybody plays! Everybody wins! (kind of)

Denver hosted Middle Tennessee State at Magness yesterday. This is a Middle Tennessee State team that came into the game with a record of 20-4 with road wins over UCLA and Mississippi. And an undefeated record in the Sun Belt Conference. A team with an RPI of 44 and a record giving them a shot at an at large bid. And the Pioneers broke open a close game in the second half as they ran away to a resounding 75-60 victory in a game that was picked up by ESPN2. Sophomore F Chris Udofia led the way with 27 and 9. The Pioneers now hold wins over St. Mary’s, Southern Miss, Utah State, and Wyoming in addition to this one. The announced crowd was about 6000.

At the same time, Wyoming was hosting the Runnin Rebels of UNLV in Laramie. The Pokes jumped out to a nice first half lead and kept it up through much of the second half. UNLV closed the deficit late and had a chance to tie the game but a contested lay-up by Anthony Marshall fell off and the ensuing forced three-ball by Mike Moser was well off the mark. The Cowboys had secured a famous victory over #11 ranked UNLV, their first win over a Top 25 team in over 10 years. The Pokes had balanced scoring with 4 starters contributing between 14 and 16 points. Even with bad roads, the Pokes managed to have a crowd of about 7500.

Then there was Air Force visiting Fort Collins to take on Colorado State. Something had to give in the battle of a pair of Front Range schools and in this case it was the Falcons interior. Both teams defended vigorously but in the end it was too much Pierce Hornung as he delivered 23 and 17. The announced crowd was around 4500.

And finally, there was Colorado hosting Oregon in a battle of top half teams at the Foam Dome. It was a tight game throughout and appropriately was not decided until a second was left on the clock when senior guard nailed a free throw to give the Buffs a one-point victory. The win moved CU to second place in the Pac-12 and they trail only Washington in the standings. Freshmen guards Askia booker and Spencer Dinwiddie led the Buffs with 17 and 16 respectively. The Buffs had another sellout with a crowd of just over 11000.

Four great wins and 29000 witnesses.

The Front Range Five is alive and kicking!

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