MACOMB, Ill. (AP) Nate Engesser scored 14 points to lead Denver to a 76-69 win over Western Illinois on Thursday night.
Marcus Byrd, Joe Rosga and Bryant Rucker contributed 11 points apiece for Denver (10-8, 2-3 Summit League), which hit 54 percent of its 50 shots from the field and 9 of 15 from long range. Duke Douglas added 10 points and six rebounds.
Western Illinois (7-8, 0-4) got a 3-pointer from J.C. Fuller to take an early lead 10-9 but Denver then took control with a 26-3 run over the next 13 minutes and later carried a 39-21 advantage into the break. Western Illinois closed the gap in the second half but never threatened the rest of the way.
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Fuller finished with 17 points. Garret Covington added 16 points, Jabari Sandifer had 12 and Jalen Chapman 11 for Western Illinois, which has lost six straight.