Men’s Basketball Falls In Overtime After Rallying From 20-Point Deficit

first_imgPrint Friendly Version Next Game: Box Score (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team overcame a 20-point, second-half deficit to force overtime before falling to Fresno State, 78-76, Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center as part of the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.A 10-1 run in the second half helped pull Drake (1-7) within striking distance late. De’Ante McMurray (Alton, Ill.) then completed a three-point play with 1:49 left followed by a pair of free throws with 56 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) opened the overtime period with a three-pointer to give Drake lead of the game. Both teams continued to swap baskets and forth until a layup from Fresno State’s Jaron Hopkins with 3.8 seconds put Fresno State (5-2) up for good.”We talk about not being that far away, but there’s always those segments where we can’t put things together,” Wampler said. “We have to learn to trust each other and do that for a full 30 minutes.” Box Score (HTML) Jackson State 12/10/2016 – 2 p.m. Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats 1350 ESPN Des Moines Mediacom MC22 Listen Live Watch Live Story Links Wampler led the Drake with 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from beyond the three-point arc. T.J. Thomas (Stone Mountain, Ga.) and McMurray both added 13 points while C.J. Rivers (Cahokia, Ill) recorded 12 along with six rebounds, three assists and two steals.”We have to trust each other as a team, we’re one step away from being the team we need to be,” McMurray added after the tough loss.Paul Watson and Jahmel Taylor led Fresno State with 19 points each while Hopkins recorded 12 points with 11 rebounds and six steals.As a team, Drake shot 25-of-62 (40.3 percent) with 45 points from its bench players while Fresno State converted on 58.2 percent of its shots in the win.Fresno State opened the game by taking a 41-29 lead at halftime after leading by as many as 14 points in the opening half. The win was Fresno State’s first in three games against Drake.Drake remains home to welcome Jackson State to the Knapp Center on Dec. 10 with tipoff scheduled for 2 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Mediacom MC22, The Valley on ESPN3 and 1350 ESPN Des Moines. Full Schedule Roster Photo Gallery last_img

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