Drake shot just 17-percent in the first half of play but the Bulldogs rallied in the second half to down Illinois State 59-55 in the Knapp Center. The game was not secure until guard Chaun Brooks made a pair of free throws with three-point nine seconds remaining. Brooks says better ball movement ignited the second half rally, as that was something the coaches stressed at halftime. He says the coaches told them if they moved the ball around, they would get better shots than if they tried to move themselves.Brooks says Illinois State had a lot to do with Drake’s early struggles as they hit some good shots early. Bulldog coach Tom Davis says it was a hard fought victory. He says he told them it was a great win because of how hard they played after struggling early. The Bulldogs played without leading scorer Joshua Robinson who was sidelined with an ankle injury. Davis says it’s hard to measure how much you’ll miss a player and Davis says Robinson has been a steady performer that is missed in more ways than just his scoring. Drake is now 7-6 on the season.
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