Denver 69, Portland St. 61

Brian Stafford scored a career-high 32 points, including four

free throws with under a minute to play, and Denver held off

Portland State 69-61 on Friday night in the season opener for both


Chris Udofia added 15 points and four blocked shots for Denver.

Nate Lozeau had 19 points to lead Portland State. Chehales Tapscott

added 18 points and 12 rebounds and Charles Odum had 13 points.

Denver stretched its lead to 49-37 with an 11-2 burst capped by

Chase Hallam’s running bank shot with 9:54 remaining.

Portland State fought back to within 53-46 after Lozeau hit a

layup and Odum made a couple of free throws with 5:47 remaining but

Stafford hit a jumper from the top of the key to make it 59-48 with

3:11 remaining.