After holding Indiana State to just ten points in the opening half the Drake Bulldogs left their defense in the lockeroom. The Sycamores poured in 62 points in the second half and roared past the Bulldogs 72-63 at the Missouri Valley Tournament in St. Louis. Indiana State standout David Moss took charge in the second half when he scored 21 of his game high 24 points.
Bulldog coach Tom Davis says Moss was the difference as he got going and they went just to him and when Drake covered him, then he went to someone else. Davis says his team gave up too many easy baskets in the second half. He says their inside defense hurt them and he credits Moss for splitting the defense appart.
It close out a frustrating second half of the season for the Bulldogs who lost 11 of their last 12 games. They finish 12-19 but Davis says it was an enjoyable team to coach. Davis says the team continued to work and try hard. He says losing games wasn’t due to a lack of effort, he says “we’re not good enough yet.”
Davis has been the coach at Drake three years and has no plans to retire. He says the only thing that would change his mind is health, “You know something you just have to face when you get as old and ancient as I am.”