Men’s Basketball Muscles Past SEMO Late, 78-73

first_img at Dayton 12/14/2019 – 6 p.m. Drake will break from competition this week for final exams before traveling to Dayton Saturday to take on the No. 18/17 Flyers. Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team closed with six-unanswered points to pull off a come-from-behind, 78-73, win over Southeast Missouri Saturday night at the Knapp Center. Two minutes later, SEMO (3-6) tied the game on a Skyler Hogan three-pointer before Penn, Liam Robbins and Noah Thomas closed out the game at the free-throw line. Next Game: Story Links “I think he’s [Thomas] really given us a spark in several games where we needed a little bit of energy,” DeVries said of Thomas. “You know his motor when he comes off the bench is evident and the impact he has on both ends of the floor.” Thomas finished with four steals on a night where the Bulldogs had nine steals and forced 18 turnovers.  Box Score (PDF) Full Schedule Roster Thomas finished with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting as the junior came up big again for the Bulldogs. Midway through the first half, he had two steals, two layups and a three-pointer in a 50-second span to help the Bulldogs stay afloat and nearly erase an 11-point deficit. center_img Roman Penn led the Bulldogs with 16 points and eight rebounds while D.J. Wilkins added 15 points and was a perfect 6-of-6 at the free-throw line. Thirteen of Wilkins’ points came in the second half, including a three-point swing in which he backed in for a jumper and drew a flopping call on the defender. Wilkins made the ensuing free-throw to give Drake a three-point lead, its biggest of the game to that point, with 4:18 left.  Watch Live Photos “I’m really excited to come away with a win tonight,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “It was another game that came down to the wire and the guys did a great job with some big plays down the stretch. I’m super proud that they were able to scratch that one out and get the ‘W.'” Preview Drake (8-2) made 6-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes and got three defensive stops to win its 10th-straight home game. Live Stats ESPN 1350 ESPN+ Alex Caldwell’s 18 points on 6-of-9 three-point shooting paced SEMO and Sage Tolbert added 17 points. Hogan also added 12 rebounds for SEMO to help the Redhawks outrebound the Bulldogs, 36-29. Postgame Notes last_img read more