Men’s Basketball Falls In Final Seconds At Illinois State

first_img Full Schedule Roster Story Links Box Score (HTML) The Drake University men’s basketball team erased a 13-point first-half deficit before Illinois State rallied back in the final minute to defeat the Bulldogs, 67-60, Sunday afternoon at Redbird Arena to snap the Bulldogs’ four-game win streak.Despite the loss, Drake remained in a tie for first place in the Missouri Valley Conference standings as fellow first-place team Loyola also lost Sunday.”It came down the wire again,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “We weren’t quite ourselves in the first half, but came back in the second half, competed hard and did a nice job getting the game even. Down the stretch, we weren’t able to convert on some opportunities and they had some guys make some big plays.”Drake (21-8, 10-6 MVC) senior Nick McGlynn narrowly missed another double-double as he led the Bulldogs with 18 points and nine rebounds. Tremell Murphy added 13 points while Brady Ellingson continued his torrid three-point shooting with three second-half three-pointers to help the Bulldogs erase their halftime deficit. Anthony Murphy also added nine rebounds and four assists.Illinois State (15-14, 8-8 MVC) earned the season sweep of the Bulldogs thanks to 21 points and eight rebounds from Milik Yarbrough and 14 points and nine rebounds from Phil Fayne.Drake opened the second half on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 33-33 on a D.J. Wilkins three-pointer with 17:42 left in the game and would hold ISU scoreless for the first five minutes of the half. “I thought we played more aggressively. We wanted to get our transition game going and be in attack mode,” DeVries said. “I thought our tenacity was better to start the second half. The Bulldogs had multiple opportunities to claim the lead, but Illinois State answered each charge until Drake took its first lead, 52-52, on a basket from McGlynn with 5:21 left. However, a pair of three-pointers from William Tinsley twice re-established the Illinois State lead including with 1:41 left at 61-59. “I thought we had some good momentum going and thought we could have built on that,” DeVries added.”It really comes down to which team can make the most big plays down the stretch.Drake remained within two points until the final 20 seconds when ISU fouled Drake to send the Bulldogs to the line. Unfortunately, the front end of the one-and-one was missed and the Redbirds collected the rebound and proceeded to make enough free throws to close the game on a 9-1 run to defeat the Bulldogs.The Bulldogs return to action Wednesday, Feb. 27, to close out their home season at 7 p.m. against Indiana State. The program will also honor its three seniors prior to the start of the game. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Mediacom MC22/ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Live Indiana State 2/27/2019 – 7 p.m. Next Game: Box Score (PDF) Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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