Iona hits 12 3-pointers, tops Drake in Great Alaska Shootout

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Sam Cassell Jr. had 15 points and seven assists, and Iona beat Drake 64-53 on Thursday night in the Great Alaska Shootout for its first victory of the season. Iona trailed 38-28 early in the second half but the Gaels hit three straight 3-pointers - two by Jon Severe - to pull to 38-37. Severe gave Iona its first lead of the second half at 42-41 after another...
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Ben Simmons officially declares for NBA Draft

To the surprise of absolutely no one, Ben Simmons has declared for the NBA Draft. Simmons broke the news himself to ESPN on Sunday. “I’m making it official,” Simmons said late Sunday night. The 6’10” Australian is widely considered to be the top selection in June’s NBA Draft. Simmons had a brilliant season at LSU, despite the team failing to qualify for the NCAA...
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March 21, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: LSU hoops' Ben Simmons doesn't have grades to net Wooden

Buddy Hield and Denzel Valentine are the likely favorites to win this year’s Wooden Award, but despite his team’s struggles, LSU freshman Ben Simmons was also apart of the discussion. However, he reportedly failed to meet the all of the academic requirements for the award, and according to head coach Johnny Jones, the school did certify him to be on the ballot. From ESPN’s...
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March 05, 2016  |  Discuss

Thomas' late 3 caps Bradley's 73-70 comeback win over Drake

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Donte Thomas hit a 3-pointer with 23 seconds left in the game to give Bradley the lead for good and spark the Braves to a 73-70 win over Drake in their 1,000th Missouri Valley Conference game Saturday night. Bradley trailed by nine at intermission and spent most of the second half clawing back. Freshman Antoine Pittman hit a 3-pointer with 3:33 left in the game...
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February 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Beane scores 31 points, leads S. Illinois over Drake 75-60

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) Anthony Beane scored 31 points and Southern Illinois pulled away midway through the first half and cruised to a 75-60 victory over Drake on Saturday. Beane made three 3-pointers, was 12 of 20 from the floor, and surpassed the 30-point mark for the sixth time this season. Bola Olaniyan added 12 points for Southern Illinois (20-7, 9-5 Missouri Valley), which...
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February 13, 2016  |  Discuss

Lil Wayne offers advice for LSU star Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons has been one of the best college basketball players in the country this season and the LSU star freshman will likely be the No. 1 pick in this June’s NBA Draft.  There’s a ton to like about his game – his size, his passing, his basketball IQ, his ability to create, etc.  If there’s one complaint, though, it’s this: he has to be more aggressive. This was...
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January 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Indiana State blunts late rally and defeats Drake 79-69

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Devonte Brown scored a career-high 27 points and Illinois State defeated Drake 79-69 on Wednesday night. Brenton Scott added 14 points - including a layup, a steal and two free throws - to blunt a 6-0 run by Drake in the closing minutes. Matt Van Scyoc scored 13 and Khristian Smith 10 for the Sycamores (8-7, 2-1 Missouri Valley). Brown scored 20-plus for...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Drake rolls over Abilene Christian 87-70

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Kale Abrahamson had 30 points for the second time in his career and Graham Woodward had a career-high 23 points to lead Drake to an 87-70 win over Abilene Christian on Tuesday night. Drake stopped a four-game losing skid and gave coach Ray Giacoletti his 200th career victory. Abrahamson hit 5 of 9 from beyond the arc and was 9 of 14 from the floor. Woodward...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Nevada pulls away from Drake 79-71

RENO, Nev. (AP) Marqueze Coleman scored 19 points and freshman Cameron Oliver matched his career-best with 17 points as Nevada broke away from Drake 79-71 on Saturday night. Coleman scored three unanswered baskets late in the game, putting the Wolf Pack (7-3) up by 14 points, 77-63 and forcing a Drake timeout. The Bulldogs missed their next four shots, including three 3-pointers...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

MVC Roundtable, Dec. 4

BRADLEY   Drake (4-3) What we’ve learned: This is not you’re older brother’s Drake team. These Bulldogs have talent at every position, but lack a little swagger that comes from having been there before. They’re still learning to win. Kale Abrahamson, a transfer from Northwestern, is averaging 19.1 points. Graham Woodward, a Penn State transfer, is contributing 13.3 points...
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December 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake beats Illinois-Chicago 83-62

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Kale Abrahamson and Reed Timmer scored 23 points apiece as Drake beat Illinois-Chicago 83-62 on Saturday. Abrahamson hit 7 of 12 from the field including six from distance for the Bulldogs (3-3). Timmer hit 9 of 14 from the field including three 3-pointers. Graham Woodward added eight points and eight assists. The team averaged 52.5 percent shooting from...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake 3rd in Gulf Coast Showcase; beats Pepperdine 69-53

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Reed Timmer had 21 points with five assists, and Drake pulled away in the second half to beat Pepperdine 69-53 in the third-place game of the Gulf Coast Showcase on Wednesday night. Timmer was 8 of 14 from the floor. Graham Woodward scored 13 points with three 3-pointers and six assists for Drake (3-3). Kale Abrahamson, who scored a career-high 41 points in the...
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November 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake holds off Western Kentucky for 81-79 win in OT

ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Kale Abrahamson scored a career-high 41 points, including the go-ahead basket in overtime, and Drake held off Western Kentucky for an 81-79 victory on Monday night in the Gulf Coast Showcase. Drake's Graham Woodward opened overtime with a 3-pointer and, after Chris McNeal answered with a layup for his first basket of the game, Reed Timmer completed a 3-point...
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November 23, 2015  |  Discuss

UMKC rallies to beat Drake 79-73

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) LaVell Boyd scored 16 points and shot 4 of 8 from behind the arc and Missouri-Kansas City rallied in the second half to beat Drake 79-73 on Saturday. Martez Harrison scored 13 and Darius Austin added 10 for the Kangaroos (2-2), who got 36 points from their bench compared with 12 for Drake and outscored the Bulldogs 40-22 in the paint. Trailing 41-37 at halftime...
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November 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake hoping to turn corner in 2015-16

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Last season was a landmark year for basketball in the state of Iowa, as three Division I teams reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time. Drake is hoping to crash that party soon. The Bulldogs, who've been to the NCAA Tournament just once since 1971, are optimistic it can inch closer to postseason play in 2015-16. The ''Big Dance'' might be a stretch....
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October 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake University to search for live bulldog mascot

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) The Drake Bulldogs will soon be represented by a real bulldog. The school announced Friday that it will begin searching for an English bulldog to represent Drake at live sporting events, much like Georgia and Butler do. Officials say they were inspired to adopt a live mascot after seeing Porterhouse, the 2009 winner of their tongue-in-cheek ''Beautiful Bulldog...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake coasts to 78-43 win over Missouri State

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Gary Ricks Jr. sank six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points to help propel Drake to a 78-43 win over Missouri State on Sunday. Reed Timmer added 17 points while pulling down seven rebounds, Jacob Enevold Jensen and Chris Caird added 10 points apiece as Drake (9-19, 6-10 Missouri Valley Conference) shot 51.8 percent from the floor, including 13 of 21 from...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Reed Timmer scores 19, Drake beats Bradley 60-54

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Reed Timmer and Gary Ricks Jr. combined to score 23 of their 31 points in the second half, and Drake scored 12 of the final 14 to help the Bulldogs beat Bradley 60-54 on Wednesday night. Bradley (8-18, 3-10 Missouri Valley) led 24-21 halftime, but trailed by as many as seven in the second half. The Braves used a 15-5 run, which included two three-point plays...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake-N. Iowa Preview

(AP) - Northern Iowa coach Ben Jacobson needed only a few games to realize he had a problem on his hands. Too many players weren't getting their usual minutes. It hadn't resulted in a loss, but Jacobson knew he needed to address it. "I said, 'Look, guys. You're either going to be OK with this - 15 to 25 (minutes) for eight or nine guys - and make this work and we can get really good...
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February 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Caird's 3-pointer gives Drake 63-61 win over Salukis

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Chris Caird hit a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to lift Drake to a 63-61 victory over Southern Illinois on Wednesday night for the Bulldogs' third consecutive victory. Jordan Caroline made two free throws with 35 seconds left to put Southern Illinois (9-15, 2-9 Missouri Valley) ahead 61-60 but missed two more with 17 seconds to go before Caird's shot. Anthony...
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February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake gets narrow 70-65 victory over Evansville

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Reed Timmer scored 18 points, Gary Ricks Jr. added 14 and Drake beat Evansville 70-65 on Saturday in a contest that never saw more than a single-digit lead. The final 5 minutes included three lead changes, but seven-straight points put the Bulldogs up 60-53 with 1:33 to go. After Timmer split a pair of free throws for a six-point lead with 51 seconds left,...
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January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Timmer, Ricks Jr. score 15 each; Drake beats Bradley 69-57

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) Reed Timmer and Gary Ricks Jr. each scored 15 points to help Drake roll to a 69-57 victory over Bradley on Wednesday night. Timmer was 6 of 10 from the floor and Ricks made 5 of 12 shots, including 4 of 9 from long range. Jacob Enevold Jensen chipped in 14 points and Karl Madison dished out five assists for Drake (5-16, 2-7 Missouri Valley), which shot 55.6 percent...
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January 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Drake-Wichita St. Preview

Wichita State's home winning streak has coincided with the best run the Missouri Valley Conference has seen in 91 years. The 14th-ranked Shockers look to add another victory to each mark by beating visiting Drake for the seventh consecutive time Sunday. Coach Gregg Marshall has been most pleased with how Wichita State (17-2, 7-0) hasn't lost its edge while winning its last five league...
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January 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Knight, Lynch combine for 33, Illinois St. tops Drake 64-56

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Daishon Knight scored 20 points, his third straight game of 20 or more, and Reggie Lynch added 13 with nine rebounds as Illinois State defeated Drake 64-56 on Tuesday night. The Redbirds (12-7, 4-3 Missouri Valley Conference) battled through a tight first half to lead 29-27 at the break - grabbing the lead for good on a Bobby Hunter 3-pointer with 2:31 left...
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January 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Caird hits 3; helps Drake beat Indiana St. 84-78

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) Chris Caird scored 16 points and hit a key 3-pointer with less than a minute left to help Drake beat Indiana State 84-79 on Saturday, handing the Sycamores their first Missouri Valley Conference loss. Caird drained his fourth trey to give Drake a 76-74 lead with 54 seconds left, and the Bulldogs shot 8 of 8 from the line to seal it. Gary Ricks Jr. hit 5 of...
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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