The Drake Bulldogs jumped out to an 18-2 lead at the outset and cruised to a 79-64 win over Indiana State in their Missouri Valley Conference opener. It was the Bulldogs 11th straight win at home.

Drake coach Mark Phelps says they knew Indiana State was not going to lay down even if they got off to a good start, and his team kept attacking and maintain their composure. Freshman point guard Karl Madison had a career high 24 points and was a perfect nine of nine from the field.

Phelps says Madison was “absolutely tremendous, couldn’t be rattled, I thought he was terrific.”

Madision says with Indiana State closely guarding the Bulldogs’ perimeter shooters ity opened up the driving lane for him.

“That was my main focus the whole year, just get guys shots,” Madison says. Drake improves to 8-4 overall.