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Simons helps Drake outlast Creighton; UNI falls at Evansville

February 9, 2011

DES MOINES - Ben Simons scored 18 points as Drake ran its winning streak to three games with a 67-64 victory over Creighton Tuesday night at the Knapp Center.

Rayvonte Rice added 16 points and Seth VanDeest 12 for the Bulldog men (11-14, 6-8 Missouri Valley). Simons also had team highs of eight rebounds and three assists.

Antoine Young's career-high 24 points led the Bluejays (15-11, 7-7), and Gregory Echenique added 11.

Young scored Creighton's final nine points in helping turn a nine-point deficit with 2:28 left into a 66-64 game with 5 seconds to go.

Kurt Alexander sank a free throw for Drake with 3 seconds left, and then Young's last-second half-court shot hit the backboard and the front of the rim before bouncing away.

Drake led by 10 in the first half but went into intermission up only 29-28. Tied 49-49, Jordan Clarke's basket gave the Bulldogs the lead for good with 8:44 left.

Drake goes on the road for its next to MVC games, starting with Saturday's trip to Terre Haute, Ind., and a 12:05 p.m. game against Indiana State.

Evansville 70, Northern Iowa 62

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Ned Cox scored a season-high 16 points and Evansville held off a late rally to beat Northern Iowa 70-62 Tuesday night.

Kavon Lacey added 11 points for the Purple Aces (14-10, 8-6 Missouri Valley), who have won five straight conference home games for the first time since 1997-98.

Anthony James scored 21 points and Johnny Moran had 15 for the Panthers (18-8, 9-5), who have lost two straight after winning a season-high eight in a row.

Evansville opened the second half on an 8-2 run and took its biggest lead, 42-26, on Cox's 3-pointer with 15:06 remaining. Northern Iowa pulled to within 58-54 with 1:43 to play before the Aces squelched the Panthers' rally with seven unanswered points.

The Purple Aces got 39 points from its bench compared to UNI's five.

Northern Iowa hosts Wichita State at 9 p.m. Saturday at the McLeod Center.



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