Men’s Basketball Routs McKendree For 11th Win

first_img Full Schedule Roster Photos Story Links Preview Print Friendly Version Box Score (PDF) Live Stats 1350 ESPN ESPN+ Listen Live Watch Livecenter_img As a team, the Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the the field with 14 three-pointers and held a 41-34 advantage on the glass. McKendree (5-6) was paced by 15 points from Alijah Thomas.The Bulldogs started off slow until six points from Sturtz helped start a 17-0 run that put Drake up 29-10 with eight minutes left in the first half. The Bulldogs held the Bearcats scoreless for more than six minutes during that span to turn a one-possession game into a landslide. The Bulldogs shot 14-of-26 in the final 13 minutes of the half to take a 51-27 lead into halftime.”I thought our bench came in and gave us a spark,” DeVries said. “Garrett came in and did a nice job finding some holes in their defense to get us going.”Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) led all scorers with 10 first half points while Sturtz added nine points and a pair of three-pointers. McGlynn finished with 14 points in 19 minutes.The Bulldogs kept up the offensive pressure in the second half, shooting 60 percent with four three-pointers through the first nine minutes of the second half to stretch the lead out to as many as 30 points. Drake’s entire active roster all saw 10 minutes or more of action with every player scoring for the Bulldogs in their final non-conference game of the season.The Bulldogs begin conference play after the New Year’s holiday when they travel to Evansville for a Jan. 2 game. Tipoff against the Purple Aces is set for 6 p.m. at the Ford Center. The Drake University men’s basketball team won its 11th game of the season in its final non-conference contest with a 98-70 victory over McKendree Saturday, Dec. 29, afternoon at the Knapp Center.Drake begins conference play next with an 11-2 record, its most wins in program history before the start of conference play. The win was also the Bulldogs fifth-straight win as the team improved to 6-0 at the Knapp Center this season.Drake recorded 28 assists in the win, the fifth-most in program history and most since 2002. Noah Thomas (Sydney, Australia) led the way with a career-high eight assists to go along with his 11 points. Freshman Garrett Sturtz (Newton, Iowa) paced the Bulldogs in scoring with a career-high 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting with six rebounds.”It was great to get back out on the floor.” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “I was pleased with the 28 assists and the way our guys moved the ball. I thought they did a good job of playing unselfishly.” Next Game: at Evansville 1/2/2019 – 6 p.m. Box Score (HTML) last_img