Drake beats Indiana St for third MVC triumph

DES MOINES — The Drake men extended their home winning streak to four games Wednesday night with an 87-70 win against Indiana State at the Knapp Center.

Ore Arogundade led the way with 15 points while Billy Wampler went 4-for-6 from 3-point land for 14 more points in the Bulldogs’ win. Three more Drake players had 10-plus points.

Indiana State (6-11, 0-5 MVC) was led by Everett Clemons’ and Scott Brenton’s 12 points.

Drake (5-12, 3-2 MVC) started hot and dominated for most of the night. The only time Indiana State led was 2-0 in the first 10 seconds of the game. Drake was able to get up by as much as 26 midway through the second half.

The Bulldogs muscled their way inside, outscoring the Sycamores 34-22 in the paint, and turning out 18 points off 12 Indiana State turnovers. The Bulldogs were clean enough with the ball, giving it away just nine times.

“I’m proud of our guys and they played another efficient game, which starts on the defensive end and getting stops,” said Drake head coach Jeff Rutter. “In the wins that we’ve had, we’ve won the hustle points and we compounded that by hitting 10 threes and having a balanced attack tonight.”

Reed Timmer added 11 points on 33 percent shooting for the night. Bench players Graham Woodward and TJ Thomas had 10 and 12 points, respectively. Arogundade had a team-high eight rebounds and CJ Rivers dished out nine assists in the win.

DRAKE 87, INDIANA ST. 70

INDIANA ST. (6-11, 0-5) — Van Scyoc 2-9 0-1 5, Murphy 1-2 0-0 2, Clemons 4-12 4-5 12, Paige 2-4 2-2 7, Scott 2-11 6-8 12, Kessinger 1-5 0-0 2, Bunschoten 3-5 1-2 9, Rickman 1-3 1-1 3, Barnes 3-12 3-4 10, Knight 1-1 0-0 3, Ojinnaka 1-3 0-0 3, Franklin 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS 22-68 17-23 70.

DRAKE (5-12, 3-2) — McGlynn 2-5 0-0 4, Wampler 4-9 2-2 14, Arogundade 6-11 1-3 15, Timmer 4-12 2-2 11, McMurray 2-5 1-2 6, Dolven 1-1 0-0 2, Thomas 6-7 0-4 12, Schlatter 1-4 2-3 4, Kuenstling 0-0 0-0 0, Enevold 0-0 2-2 2, Rutter 0-2 0-0 0, Woodward 4-7 0-0 10, Rivers 3-6 1-1 7. TOTALS 33-69 11-19 87.

Halftime–Drake 42-33. 3-Point Goals–Indiana St. 9-25 (Bunschoten 2-3, Scott 2-7, Knight 1-1, Paige 1-1, Ojinnaka 1-2, Barnes 1-5, Van Scyoc 1-6), Drake 10-24 (Wampler 4-6, Arogundade 2-3, Woodward 2-4, McMurray 1-3, Timmer 1-4, Rutter 0-1, McGlynn 0-1, Rivers 0-1, Schlatter 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Indiana St. 44 (Clemons 10), Drake 39 (Arogundade 8). Assists–Indiana St. 8 (Barnes 4), Drake 21 (Rivers 9). Total Fouls–Indiana St. 20, Drake 17.