Rohnert scores 16 points to help Denver beat Morgan State, 54-44
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP)—Nate Rohnert scored a season-high 16 points and Denver held off a fierce rally to beat Morgan State 54-44 in the consolation game of the Cable Car Classic on Saturday night.
Adam Tanner and David Kummer each added 10 points as the Pioneers (5-7) won their second straight after losing three of their previous four.
Jamar Smith scored 18 points to lead the Bears (6-6), who lost their second straight. San Francisco native Marquise Kately added 13 points as Morgan State coach Todd Bozeman returned to the Bay Area as a coach for the first time since leaving California in 1996.
Santa Clara and Niagara played for the championship in a later game.
Morgan State opened the second half with a 19-3 run, including the first 12 points, to grab a four-point lead midway through the first half. The Bears made nine of their first 10 shots of the half and forced six Denver turnovers. The Pioneers missed their first four shots and made their first field goal with 9:59 remaining to play.
The Bears suddenly went cold, allowing Denver to score eight unanswered points and regain the lead.
Kummer hit a 3-pointer to put the Pioneers ahead, 44-43.
Morgan State did not make a field goal in the final 9:25 of the game, and went 1-for-3 from the free throw line in that span.
The Bears played without Reggie Holmes, their second-leading scorer at 16.1, for the second straight night. Holmes sustained a high ankle sprain during practice.
Rohnert scored 11 points in the first half and Denver took a 34-22 lead into the intermission.