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After a rough start, the Denver Pioneers are on a serious roll.

The Pioneers (10-9), (6-0) stayed unbeaten and maintained their two game lead in the Western Division of the Sun Belt by hammering Arkansas State 74-36 last night at the Magness Arena in Denver.

Arkansas State (10-11). (4-3) was inept from tip to buzzer.  The Red Wolves shot a measly 33% in each half, and had nine more turnovers (20) than field goals (11).  No one had more than two field goals for ASU, who were led by Rashad Allison’s seven points.

DU, meanwhile, hit a blazing 73% in the second half (11-15) and had more three point field goals (13) than ASU’s total of eleven.

Tyler Thalken had a career high 19 points on 6-7 shooting, including 5-5 from three point range.  Brian Stafford added 12 points for the Pioneers, while freshman Chris Udofia chipped in ten.

Elsewhere in the Sun Belt last night, North Texas (15-4), (4-2) got 30 points from guard Tristan Thompson and ran past home standing ULM (6-14), (1-5) 79-62.  The Mean Green shot 57% from the floor in the win.  The Mean Green had four in double figures in the contest.  ULM comes to the Cajundome tomorrow night.

In Murfreesboro, Middle Tennessee(8-11), (3-3) slowed down Troy’s high powered offense, beating the Trojans 63-51.  MTSU jumped out to an 18 point halftime lead and were never headed.  James Washington scored 20 to lead the Blue Raiders.  Troy (4-14). (2-4) failed to get anyone in double figures and shot just 32% for the game.

Red-hot UALR (12-9), (4-2) won its fourth straight by beating FIU in Miami 78-70.  The Trojans jumped out to a 43-28 halftime lead and withstood a rally by the Golden Panthers (8-10, 3-3).  The loss was the third straight for FIU.  UALR had four men in double figures and shot 51% for the game.  FIU was just 1-13 from three point range.

And in Mobile, Western Kentucky snapped a six game losing streak by beating South Alabama 84-75.  WKU shot a blistering 64% in the first half to take a 19 point halftime lead.  Sergio Kerusch and Stepffphon Pettigrew combined for 39 points in the win as Western (6-11), (1-4) survived 21 turnovers to hand the Jags (7-10), (1-5) their second straight home loss.

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