The Drake Bulldogs canned 11-of-21 shots from three point range and blew the game wide open at the start of the second half enroute to a 79-44 win over Iowa State, the Bulldogs largest margin of victory in the 167-game series.
Drake coach Keno Davis says he honestly can’t say he ever expected what happened, but he says it shows how important the three-point line is in college basketball. Davis says they’ve improved their ability to hit the three dramatically.
Sophomore guard Josh Young led Drake with 23 points, including four of five from three point range. Young also says he didn’t expect such a big win, but says the came in with a game plan to keep the ball out of the post. Leonard Houston added 16 points and he was also shocked by the margin of victory. Houston says he could not believe what was going on, and says he was surprised when he came out of the game and looked up and saw they were up by 30.
Iowa State shot only 38 percent for the game and also committed 20 turnovers. Cyclone coach Greg McDermott says Drake dominated in every phase of the game and can really shoot the basketball. McDermott says the best way to deal with that game is to forget about it. "It was over in the lockeroom," McDermott says, "you know things like this happen once in awhile." He says they will forget it and move on and get ready for Iowa on Saturday.
The Cyclones are 3-4. Drake improves to 6-1 and has beaten ISU for the first time since 1978 and 79.