DENVER (AP) — Marcus Byrd scored 14 points on 5-of-11 shooting to help Denver beat Utah Valley 75-62 on Wednesday night.

Duke Douglas and Nate Engesser each finished with 11 points and C.J. Bobbitt added 10 points and six boards for the Pioneers (2-1).

Denver, which never trailed in the game, opened on a 14-2 run of which Byrd contributed 7 of his 14 total points. The Pioneers held a 45-33 lead at halftime.

Denver kept the pressure on early in the second half scoring seven of the first 11 points out of the break, capped off by a Jake Holtzmann jumper, to open up a 15 point advantage (52-37). Two Byrd free throws six minutes later pushed the lead to 65-47, the largest of the game.

Konner Frey scored 15 and added 12 rebounds to lead Utah Valley (1-1). Jaden Jackson and Darrious Hamilton each had 12 points for the Wolverines.

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