Drake Ends 16 Year Drought in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo — The Missouri State Bears were looking to do something they haven’t done in 5 years tonight: Win 3 consecutive Valley Conference games. 

In our Bear Nation Report, Missouri State hosted Drake. 

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In the 1st, Alize Johnson to Obediah Church for the alley-oop makes it 4-2 Bears. Then, Church with the rebound to Jarrid Rhodes for the hoop, its 22-13.
 
Austin Ruder with the 3, and Missouri State owned a 15 point 1st half lead.
 
But Drake rallies. Reed Timmer with the jumper, and the Bulldogs led 34-33 at the half.
 
2nd half: Alize Johnson with the putback. He had his 13th double-double of the season with 17 points and 17 rebounds.
 
Late in the game, Timmer drives to the hole. He would score with the scoop shot and we would head into overtime, tied at 64.
 
In the OT, Drake fighting for the hoop, Nick Mcglynn’s shot is swatted by Church. This was called goaltending, and Drake held a 70-68 lead. 
 
Then, Timmer with another basket.
 
Drake would win in Springfield for the 1st time in 16 years, 72-71.
 
“I don’t know what that call was.  I’ll have to review it.  I just thought they were going to make a run.  I thought we had some basic breakdowns defensively that cost us.  And once they got their heads up they were tough to deal with,” said Bears head coach Paul Lusk.
 
So the Bears are now 5-4 in the Valley, 14-78 overall. 

They’ll go to Southern Illinois Saturday night for a rematch with the Salukis. That is at 7 at SIU Arena.
 

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