Men’s Basketball Cruises Past Simpson Sunday Afternoon

first_imgAfter trading buckets with the Storm to open the game, the Bulldogs reeled off 19 points in a row to take control for good. Roman Penn was key in the stretch as he scored 10 of his 13 points during Drake’s opening flurry. Jackson was also fouled on a 3-point attempt and converted two of his free throws to bring his total to 14 points in a stretch of four minutes and six seconds. Later in the half Yesufu cut backdoor for a high-flying alley-oop slam that brought the Knapp Center crowd to its feet. He finished 7-of-10 from the floor for a career-high 16 points. Lehigh 11/21/2019 – 7 p.m. Box Score (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team used a 19-0 run in the opening minutes to cruise to a 98-53 victory over Simpson College on Sunday afternoon at the Knapp Center. “We challenged them as a group that we need to be mature enough, veteran enough to come out at halftime and take that lead and extend it, so we do get an opportunity to play some more guys,” DeVries said. “It’s nice that you can reward them with the extra playing time and that makes it an enjoyable evening for everyone.” Sophomore Andrew Barrett saw his first action as a Bulldog. The Rock Island, Ill., native converted both of his field-goal attempts to score five points in his debut. Story Links Next Game: Six Bulldogs reached double-figures in scoring, including Anthony Murphy (11 points, 5-6 FG). Murphy has reached double-digit points in seven-straight games dating back to last year.center_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 Mediacom MC22 “I thought he [Yesufu] gave us a great little spark defensively picking up the ball in full court,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “I think that’s something we’re going to try to utilize more of as we move forward with him when he gets in the game.” Yesufu displayed his athleticism on two plays in particular in the second half. He hustled back after committing a turnover to chase down a layup by Simpson, emphatically pinning the attempt to the backboard. Full Schedule Roster Jonah Jackson provided an avalanche of his own minutes later, nailing four 3-pointers in a three-minute span to rattle off 12-straight points for Drake. Watch Live Joseph Yesufu was a menace defensively for Drake. Yesufu relentlessly applied full-court pressure, three times ripping a Storm ball-handler and taking it the other way for a layup. Yesufu’s career-best four steals enabled Drake to post a season-high with 15 steals as a team. The Bulldogs netted 29 points off of Simpson’s turnovers. After setting a personal best with 23 points against Kansas City, Liam Robbins contributed 12 points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs. The 7-footer from Davenport stymied two shots as he helped the Bulldogs gain a 50-14 edge in points in the paint. The Bulldogs conclude their three-game homestand when they host Lehigh on Thursday, Nov. 21. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is slated for 7 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img