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Second-Half Rally Comes Up Short In 77-73 Loss At Evansville

first_img EVANSVILLE, Ind. – The Drake University men’s basketball team nearly rallied from a 16-point deficit in a 77-73 loss Saturday afternoon at Evansville to split the season series with the Purple Aces. Drake pulled within four points late in the second half, but 25 points from Evansville’s Ryan Taylor, the Missouri Valley Conference’s leading scorer, kept the Bulldogs from completing the rally. SIU 1/30/2018 – 7 p.m. “I thought we got a lot more active and physical in the second half,” Medved said. “We were able to score and get into some pressure to get them on their heels.” The half was knotted early before UE rolled off a 13-1 run behind a pair of three-point plays from Frederking and five points from Taylor to take a 20-8 lead with 10:24 left in the contest. The Bulldogs’ offense attempted just four shots during that five-minute run while the Aces made six-straight shots at one point. Drake faced a 37-24 halftime deficit as Evansville held the Bulldogs to 36 percent shooting with eight turnovers in the opening half. Drake freshman Jalen Gibbs (Waldorf, Md.) scored all five of his points in the opening period while Evansville’s Noah Frederking scored 12 points with a pair of three-pointers en route to 16 points on the afternoon. “We competed well in the second half, but these teams are too good and you can’t come out like that and expect to win,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “Every time we dug close, they responded and Ryan Taylor made some huge plays for them. But if we brought it for two halves, maybe it’s a different outcome.” Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom/The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster An Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) three-pointer with 12:46 left drew Drake within four points, 49-45, but back-to-back three-pointers from Taylor in a 35-second span stretched the Aces’ lead back into double-digits. After a slow first half, the Bulldogs converted on 52.2 percent of their shots and 46.2 percent from the arc but could not overcome poorly timed miscues and clutch shooting from Evansville (14-9, 4-6 MVC) in the final four minutes of the contest. That run was not able to put the Bulldogs’ over the hump as Evansville pushed the lead back out to eight points with two minutes to play and was able to seal the game at the free-throw line where the team shot 22-of-25 on the day. The Bulldogs pulled within nine points twice in the final six minutes of the half, but Frederking answered twice with a three-pointer to extend the Aces’ lead to as many as 15 points before taking a 37-24 lead into the locker room. “Whatever our mindset was coming into this game wasn’t good enough,” Medved said. “I thought we’d come out spitting more fire and we didn’t. We haven’t been shooting the ball well and you can’t let that frustrate you.” Box Score (HTML) Box Score (PDF) The Aces extended their lead to 16 points in the opening minutes of the second half, but Drake rallied back with a 10-0 run fueled by a pair of three-pointers from Woodward and four points from C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) to pull the Bulldogs within two possessions, 40-34, with 17:14 on the clock. Much of that spurt was keyed by defense as Drake forced five turnovers in the first five minutes of the period and scored 15 points off those miscues. The run also helped Rivers finish with his predictable line of eight points, a team-high seven rebounds and four assists. Next Game: Drake (12-11, 6-4 MVC) was led by 12 points from Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) with all 12 coming in the second half as he tried to will the Bulldogs to a road victory. Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) added 11 points while De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) each had 13 points. However, Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) connected on his first three-pointer of the afternoon with 4:07 remaining to pull the Bulldogs within four points, 64-60, to cap a 7-0 run. Timmer finished with 11 points, but was kept quiet for most of the day with nine of those points coming in the final four minutes of the contest. Story Links The Bulldogs will try to rebound from consecutive losses Tuesday, Jan. 30, evening at the Knapp Center when they host SIU at 7 p.m. Drake is 8-1 on its home court this season.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more