Bulldogs Bounce Back To Beat The Roos, 76-58

first_img Full Schedule Roster Simpson 11/17/2019 – 3 p.m. Kansas City (1-2), which recently lost at Oklahoma State, was led in scoring by senior forward Javan White (Ames, Iowa) who had 15 points and also led in steals with a season-high total of five. White was Kansas City’s preferred man under the basket, with multiple dunks under his belt by the end of the game. Jordan Giles (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), another senior at forward, led the team in rebounds with six and assists with three, alongside fellow senior Jahshire Hardnett (Gulfport, Miss.).Despite setting the tone in the first minutes of the game with a 7-0 scoring run, which saw multiple blocks from Murphy and Robbins, the Bulldogs soon had a tight battle with Kansas City for early momentum. With a little more than 13 minutes to go in the half, the Roos finally caught up to tie it 11-11. The Bulldogs began to pull away inside four minutes with a two-handed block by Murphy off the backboard, followed by a breakaway assist from Penn to Robbins to put Drake up 35-33. Robbins would follow that up with a dunk assisted by Noah Thomas. The Bulldogs took the halftime lead at 45-36, outscoring Kansas City 12-3 in the final minutes. Robbins finished up the half without a miss shooting 5-5, while Penn had already racked up five of his eight rebounds.The second half saw the Bulldogs struggling to break through the Roos’ tight, on-the-ball defense once again early, but only five minutes in a three from Murphy saw Drake start to pull away at 55-41. Another Bulldog three from junior Jonah Jackson (Merrillville, Ind.) gave the team new momentum following a timeout with just over ten minutes to go. The Bulldogs would widen the gap to 18 points, after a three from sophomore guard DJ Wilkins (Merrillville, Ind.) followed by a shot inside from Sturtz to seal the game.The Bulldogs will remain in the Knapp Center for a Nov. 17 matchup against the Simpson Storm. Tip-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. with live broadcasting on ESPN3 and audio at ESPN 1350. Watch Live DES MOINES, Iowa – Following a tough loss at Cincinnati less than 48 hours prior, the Drake University men’s basketball team returned home with a decisive 76-58 victory over the Kansas City Roos Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the Knapp Center.Returning home, the Bulldogs (2-1) were led by a career-high performance from sophomore forward Liam Robbins (Davenport, Iowa) who had 23 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, accompanied by four rebounds and five blocks. His five blocks tied for the fourth-highest block total in a single game in Drake history.”Tonight I was able to get it going and the guys fed me,” Robbins said. “I didn’t necessarily feel like I was having a big game, you get that mindset where you play every game like it’s the championship and tonight it just worked.”Roman Penn (Calumet City, Ill.) was consistent across the board again, leading in rebounds and assists with eight each, and topping it off with nine points and a steal. Garrett Sturtz (Newton, Iowa) trailed Penn with seven rebounds and found his way onto the scoreboard with 11 points. Senior guard Anthony Murphy (Griffith, Ind.) saw a similar performance with six assists and nine points as well.”I thought our effort was really good and we had a complete game on both ends of the floor,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “It was good to get back to winning at home and I thought overall it was a solid performance.” Box Score (PDF) center_img Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 ESPN3 Next Game: Story Links Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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