Men’s Basketball Falls To Iowa, 90-64, In Hy-Vee Classic

first_img Listen Live Watch Live Next Game: Story Links Box Score (PDF) Live Stats 1350 ESPN Photos Preview DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team couldn’t overcome costly turnovers and a tall Iowa lineup Saturday afternoon as the Bulldogs lost to Iowa, 90-64, in the first game of the Hy-Vee Classic at Wells Fargo Arena.The Hawkeyes, the nation’s seventh tallest team, used their height advantage to force Drake, the nation’s eighth shortest team, to take tough shots as well as cutting off passing lanes inside. Iowa tallied 52 points in the paint, doubling Drake’s total and the Hawkeyes outrebounded the Bulldogs, 41-24. Iowa’s size also helped force Drake (5-6) into 19 turnovers which Iowa took advantage of with 25 points off turnovers.”I’m disappointed in how we played today,” said Drake head coach Niko Medved. “That’s a good Iowa team that is a really tough matchup for us, physically. But I feel like we really didn’t give ourselves a chance with the turnovers.”Junior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) led the Bulldogs with 14 points despite only playing 15 minutes due to foul trouble. Senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) recorded 13 points and three assists.”I think we’re a lot better team that what we showed,” Timmer said. “We have to be better and we’ll get better.”Iowa (6-6) had four players score in double figures and were led by Tyler Cook with a game-high 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting. Jordan Bohannon tallied 15 points and seven assists, while Nicholas Baer registered a double-double with 14 rebounds and 11 points. Freshman Luka Garza managed to score 13 of Iowa’s 27 points off the bench.”Baer was really good today,” Medved said. “He played with a lot of energy and was a key for them today.”Drake came out of the gate with energy, getting on the board first with a McGlynn alley-oop off a pass from De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.). After that, both teams traded punches and Iowa led by one, 7-6, at the first media timeout.With 7:15 left in the opening half, freshman Noah Thomas drained a three-pointer, giving Drake which would be its largest lead of the game, 25-21.”We played hard early, but the turnovers were really deflating,” Medved said. “We had a chance there and the game was in the balance. We’d get a stop and give it right back to them. That took the wind out of our sails.”Iowa increased its defensive pressure with a three-quarter court press, turning it into a 13-0 run and taking a 34-25 led with 3:32 left in the half. Drake’s Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) nailed a three-pointer to stop the run, but Iowa went on to take a 40-33 lead into halftime.The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from three-point range in the first half, including a pair of threes for McMurray and Woodward. McMurray and Woodward finished their afternoons with 11 and six points, respectively.The second-half began with the scoring going back and forth for the first few minutes, before the Hawkeyes used a 15-5 run to take a 63-44 lead with 11:54 left in the game. After Iowa took a 25-point lead, 75-50, the Bulldogs battled back with their largest run of the game, 8-0, to cut Iowa’s lead to 17 points, 75-58, with 6:39 left to play. However, Drake’s push didn’t last long enough as Iowa brought their lead back up to 21, 79-58 with four minutes to go. That sizeable deficit was too much for the Bulldogs to overcome in the final few minutes as Iowa cruised to the 90-64 victory.Drake returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 19, as the Bulldogs travels to South Dakota State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version at South Dakota State 12/19/2017 – 7 p.m. Box Score (HTML) Full Schedule Roster last_img

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