KUSA- They exited the WAC Tournament abruptly and didn't get an invite to dance in March Madness. However, the DU Pioneers plan to keep playing through the postseason in another tournament.
DU's sophomore guard Cam Griffinrecorded his first career double-double with 14 pointsand 10 rebounds on Tuesday night, as the Pioneers defeated Ohio 61-57inthe first round of the National Invitation Tournament at Magness Arena.
Thevictory was DU's first-ever in the postseason, and the Pioneers (22-9) will now advance to take on Maryland in the NIT Second Round in College Park, Md., on Thursday at 5 p.m. MT.
Former Highlands Ranch starBrett Olsonhad 15 points and three steals, 10 of which came in the second half, and junior Chris Udofia scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and blocked three shots, including one with a one-point lead with 21 seconds remaining.
"I thought it was a very good college basketball game, a great postseason game with two good teams," head coach Joe Scott said. "Ohio has such a veteran team, which is something I kept stressing to our guys. We tried to use that as a positive for us, instead of shying away from it. We told our guys, they have been here and done it, we need that experience they have. We were in a fight with them all night, and I thought our guys responded really well."
DenverPioneers.com contributed to this article.