The Drake Bulldogs jumped out to a 35-15 lead the half and rolled past Illinois State 69-59 in Missouri Valley Conference play in Des Moines. It was the Bulldog’s third consecutive win as they improve to 3-4 in the Valley.
Dake coach Mark Phelps on the postgame show on KRNT in Des Moines says the team is working hard and working smart and playing the right way as a team. He says they are selling out for 40 minutes. He says the improved plays begins on defense.
Phelps says they tell the players the offense will take care of itself and he says they are buying into it and doing everything that the coaching staff has taught them.
Senior guard Josh Young led Drake with 18 points. He also had six assists. Young says he just took what the defense gave him, as they were covering him in three point range, so he decided to drive and dish off and get points around the basket.
Drake did a good job of taking care of the basketball and only committed eight turnovers. Young says he was extremely shocked when he saw that number as he says the struggled near the end and he thought it would be worse.