Men’s Basketball Set For Final Road Trip Of The Season

first_img Drake Game Notes The Drake University men’s basketball team plays its final road game of the season on Wednesday, Feb. 24, when it makes its annual trip to Springfield, Mo., to face Missouri State. Tipoff at JQH Arena is set for 7 p.m. with the contest broadcast via The Valley On ESPN3.Earlier this season, the Bears used a second-half rally to defeat the Bulldogs, 79-70, in Des Moines. MSU’s Dequon Miller scored 23 points to help MSU erase a 10-point halftime deficit. Drake’s Reed Timmer scored 21 points in the loss with Dominik Olejniczak adding a career-high 14 points and Karl Madison contributing eight assists, one shy of a career high.Heading into this meeting with the Bears, Timmer needs 15 points to reach the 500-point mark this season and become the 19th Bulldog to reach that milestone. He is currently averaging 17.3 points per game, the third-highest average in the MVC. Olejniczak, a freshman center, has seen his offensive production surge as he is 37-of-45 from the field in the last 11 games. He has scored eight or more points in four of the last five games with two double-figure scoring games in that span.After a pair of subpar shooting games, Drake has shot 46.2 percent from the three-point arc in the last two games. The Bulldogs currently rank 23rd nationally in three-point shooting at 39.1 percent with Timmer and Graham Woodward both ranking in the top six in three-point percentage in the Valley.Drake makes the trip to JQH Arena with a 6-22 overall record and a 1-15 mark in the MVC. MSU is 11-17 overall and 7-9 in the league. The Bears have dropped two straight games and are led by junior college transfer Dequon Miller’s 12.8 points per game.Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs return home to close out the regular season on Saturday afternoon against Loyola. Tipoff against the Ramblers is set for 1 p.m. at the Knapp Center.Print Friendly Version Live Audio Story Linkscenter_img Live Stats The Valley On ESPN3 last_img

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