UNI Outlasts Men’s Basketball, 71-63

first_imgStory Links Wichita State 2/1/2017 – 6 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines CSN Chicago Listen Live Watch Live Photo Gallery DES MOINES, Iowa – The UNI men’s basketball team used a late second-half run to build a double-figure lead that Drake could not erase in a 71-63 loss for the Bulldogs Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center.UNI (10-11, 5-5 MVC) became the first team to win in the Knapp Center since Dec. 19 as the Panthers ended Drake’s (7-15, 5-5 MVC) five-game home winning streak. The win was also the Panthers’ fifth-straight victory.Drake was led by another strong game from junior Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting with a trio of three-pointers. Arogundade has now averaged 13.1 points per game in the last 11 games for the Bulldogs. Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) was the only other Bulldog in double-figures with 10 points as the squad was held to 38.5 percent shooting and a 6-of-29 showing from the three-point arc by the Panthers’ defense. Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) also added seven points, three rebounds and three assists.”We played a very good team and battled hard,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “I thought we played well enough defensively to win this ballgame. Offensively, good looks were hard to get because of their defense, which is a credit to them. We did get some good looks, but we needed to make more of them. It’s a setback, but will not define our season.” Next Game:center_img Box Score (PDF) Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster UNI was buoyed by 17 points from Klint Carlson and 16 points each from Bennett Koch and Jeremy Morgan. UNI converted on 47.9 percent of its shots and was 20-of-27 from the free-throw line with many of those attempts coming in the waning minutes of the contest.UNI opened the game with a 14-2 lead, but Drake scored 14 of the next 19 points to pull within three points, 19-16, on a Timmer three-point play. However, both teams’ offenses quieted for the final seven minutes of the game with Drake scoring the final six points of the period to trim the UNI advantage to three points, 25-22, at halftime.Drake opened the second half by scoring on five of its first six possessions to take a 33-31 lead on a layup from C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.). Rivers also added a team-high seven rebounds in the loss. Following that basket from Rivers, Drake surrendered the lead due to eight-straight empty possessions that helped the Panthers amass an 11-point, 58-47, lead with 3:42 left in the contest.The Bulldogs attempted to trim that margin, but were forced to foul and UNI converted on 10-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes to keep Drake at bay.The contest was played in front of a season-best crowd of 5,237 at the Knapp Center.”There was a lot of energy in the place and the fan support was off the charts,” Rivers said. “It definitely helped us come out with a lot of energy and sustain that energy.”The Bulldogs remain at home, where they are 4-1 against MVC competition this season, to host Wichita State Wednesday evening. Tipoff for the second meeting between the Shockers and Bulldogs this season is set for 6 p.m.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more