Denver rallied to lead 32-28 at halftime and Southern took a 56-54 second-half lead on a layup by Yondarius Johnson at 2:59, but Denver tied it at 61 on free throws by Chris Udofia. Denver trailed 67-65 in OT on a trey by Johnson, but pulled ahead 75-71 on free throws by Griffin and survived as Johnson sank another trey at the buzzer.
Brett Olson scored 19 for the Pioneers (2-4), Jalen Love had 14, and Udofia scored 11 and grabbed 12 rebounds.
The Jaguars outshot and out-rebounded Denver but were hurt by 21 turnovers, 12 steals and 9-of-17 free-throw shooting.
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