Feb. 20, 2015
About Denver: The Pioneers fell to IPFW in their last game, 63-47 at Magness Arena, on Feb.19. Denver comes into Saturday's game having dropped their last three and six of its last seven contests. Denver was led by Brett Olson who scored 18 points against IPFW, while Cam Griffin scored eight points and grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds. Olson is leading the way averaging 13.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists a game. Griffin is averaging 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game on 53.5 percent shooting from the field. Nate Engesser is averaging 10.8 points a game on 52.7 percent shooting. Denver was selected to finish second in The Summit League by league head coaches, SIDs and members of the media.
About Western Illinois: The Leathernecks come into Saturday's matchup having dropped five straight contests and 10 of their last 11. Western Illinois dropped a heartbreaker to South Dakota State on Feb. 18, 79-77. Garrett Covington scored a career-high 31 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out four assists in the defeat. J.C. Fuller scored 16 points and passed out three assists, while Mohamed Conde added 12 points and eight rebounds. Western Illinois is led by Covington who is averaging 15.2 points and 4.0 rebounds a game, while Fuller is averaging 11.5 points and 3.0 rebounds. Jabari Sandifer is averaging 7.8 points and 4.6 assists a game. The Leathernecks were selected to finish seventh in The Summit League in the preseason poll.
Booming Brett: Brett Olson is averaging 13.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists while playing 34.7 minutes a game during the 2014-15 season. Olson scored a season-high 27 points vs. St. Joseph's on Dec. 29 knocking down 9-of-12 shots from the field and 5-of-6 from behind the arc. Olson has a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Olson played a career-high 45 minutes vs. NDSU on Feb 12, 2015.
Slammin' Cam: Senior guard Cam Griffin is averaging 11.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists on the season on 53.5 percent shooting from the field. Griffin scored a career-high 21 points against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi breaking his previous career-high of 19 which he set at St. Mary's earlier this season. Griffin currently sits in eighth place on the all-time steals list at the University of Denver with 136. Griffin set a career-high in rebounds with 12 against IPFW on Feb. 19, 2015.
Nifty Nate: Junior guard Nate Engesser set a career high on Nov. 26 at Belmont scoring 26 points and knocking down a career high seven 3-pointers. The seven 3-pointers were the most by a Pioneer since Feb. 26, 2009 when Brian Stafford hit seven at Louisiana-Monroe. Engesser is averaging 10.8 points a game on 52.7 percent shooting from the field and 45.0 percent from behind the arc in 27.6 minutes of action on the season. Engesser set a career-highs in assists (6) and steals (3) vs. Western Illinois on Jan 14, 2015. He tied his careerhigh in assists by dishing out six against Omaha on Feb. 7, 2015.
The Long Ranger: The Pioneers have at least one three-pointer in 281 straight games, dating back to Feb. 2, 2006.
Byrd's Eye View: Redshirt junior Marcus Byrd is averaging 8.5 points on 49.0 percent shooting from the field and 45.4 percent from behind the arc and grabs 3.7 rebounds in 28.3 minutes a game this season. Byrd played a career-high 40 minutes at IUPUI on Jan. 10, 2015.