No. 14 Dayton Ends Drake Men’s Basketball’s Win Streak

first_imgStory Links Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 ESPN+ Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Photo Gallery – 1 Postgame Notes Full Schedule Roster Watch Live Photo Gallery – 2 Mount Marty 12/17/2019 – 7 p.m. DAYTON, Ohio – The Drake University men’s basketball team held No. 14/12 Dayton to a season-low 78 points, but couldn’t muster enough offense in a 78-47 loss at UD Arena.The Flyers held Drake (8-3) to 28.6 percent shooting and limited the Bulldogs to five three-pointers in front of a sellout crowd of 13,407.Roman Penn led Drake with 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting while Liam Robbins added 12 points, all in the first half, on a career-high three three-pointers. Garrett Sturtz continued his role as Drake’s leading rebounder with eight boards.Ibi Watson’s 20 points led Dayton (8-1) while Obi Toppin added 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting as the Flyers broke open the game in the second half. Dayton entered the game ranked second in the nation in scoring at 87.4 points per game.”This is a really good Dayton team, but losing by 30 isn’t the result we wanted,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “But you could see in the second half why they’re so explosive and have a lot of ways to get you and get ahead in a hurry. That’s what they did to us and what they’ve done to a lot of people. We just have to keep getting better and I know we can do that.”The Flyers closed what had been a tightly contested first half on a 16-4 run to take a 34-22 lead at halftime. Drake twice trimmed that deficit to 10 points in the opening minutes of the second half, including Roman Penn scoring five-straight points to make 41-31, but Dayton answered both charges to keep the Bulldogs at bay. Midway through the half, Watson scored 11 points as part of a 21-2 Dayton run that put the Flyers up 62-33 and effectively ended the Bulldogs’ upset desires.”We came out the way we wanted to in the second half to cut it to 10, and then it quickly got away from us,” DeVries said. “That part is disappointing, I thought our guys were ready and had a good week in practice. Unfortunately, it didn’t go the way we would have liked.”Drake’s first-half hopes were pinned on a hot start from Robbins as the sophomore started the Bulldogs’ scoring with a three-pointer, but the Flyers held serve over the next three minutes rolling out a 9-0 run five minutes into the contest.Minutes later, Robbins buried two more three-pointers as part of an 11-0 run to give Drake a 16-13 lead with less than nine minutes in the half. Robbins scored 12 of the Bulldogs’ first 16 points of the game but would be contained for the rest of the evening. “I thought we came out and got the game going the way we wanted to early,” DeVries said. “It was an ugly game, but we wanted to keep it ugly early. I thought all the way until the four-minute mark in the first half we had it where we wanted and then backslid a little.”Dayton briefly retook the lead before Anthony Murphy tied the contest at 18-18 with a layup. Unfortunately for Drake, a scoreless span of nearly four minutes followed as the Flyers stretched their lead out to 25-19 with 3:55 left in the half. That swing in momentum resulted in the Flyers outscoring Drake 16-4 to close the half with a 34-22 lead. Dayton’s 34 points were its fewest in the first half this season, but the team added 44 second-half points to blow the contest open.”We have to continue to pull together and find a way to make the strides we need to make as a team,” DeVries said. “We need to get home and make that happen.”Drake returns to the Knapp Center next for its final home game of 2019 when it hosts Mount Marty Tuesday, Dec. 17. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. as the Bulldogs go for their 11th-straight home win. Print Friendly Versionlast_img

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