Late Surge by Drake Sinks Bears in Des Moines
Austin Ruder
Austin Ruder

Jan. 29, 2014

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DES MOINES, Iowa – A 16-2 run by Drake, in crunch time sealed the fate of visiting Missouri State (14-7, 4-5 MVC) as the Bears let a late lead slip away in an 84-74 road loss to the Bulldogs here Wednesday in MVC play.

 MSU pushed ahead 66-63 on a pair of free throws by Nathan Scheer with 5:37 to go before Drake’s rally. Jordan Daniels, who finished with 22 points for DU, had 8 points on the run, including a pair of 3-pointers, as the home club surged ahead by 11 just over four minutes later to steal the victory in a game with 17 lead changes and 9 ties.

 Austin Ruder scored a career-high 21 for the Bears behind 6-of-9 from 3-point range, while Ron Mvouika added 13, and Jarmar Gulley scored 12 for his seventh straight double-figure scoring game.

 The Bears were out-rebounded by a 34-16 margin, helping Drake to 17 second-chance points. DU also dropped in 14-of-24 shots from bonus distance, including three on the game-changing rally late. 

 Richard Carter scored 23 for Drake, while Chris Caird added 18. Caird also had 6 3-pointers, while Daniels finished with 5 bonus balls.

 MSU finished at an even 25-for-50 from the field, 11-for-22 beyond the arc and an impressive 13-of-16 (.813) from the line with a season-low 6 turnovers.

 Drake was 24-for-46 (.522) from the field with just 10 two-point shots, and was 22-of-28 (.786) from the stripe with 7 turnovers.

 In the first half, the Bears erased an early 9-point deficit and pushed ahead 23-18 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Ruder and Mvouika with just over 7 minutes left. Mvouika’s second trey of the half ended a 19-5 outburst by Missouri State.

 Drake rallied with back-to-back 3-pointers of its own to retake the lead less than 2 minutes later, but the lead would change hands six more times before the Bulldogs nudged ahead at the break. A long-range shot by Jordan Daniels swung the momentum back to the home side, and then Seth Van Deest’s layup off a missed DU free throw with 2:18 to go made it a 34-30 game.

 MSU would climb within one point of the lead twice more from there, but a pair of Carter free throws in the final 30 seconds gave Drake a 38-35 edge at the intermission.

 Missouri State returns to JQH Arena Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m., when the Bears entertain Bradley (9-13, 4-5) on Hall of Fame weekend. Tickets are available at or during regular box office hours at the JQH Arena location and by calling (417) 836-7678.



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