Miami Withstands Drake’s Late Surge At Gulf Coast Showcase


first_img Full Schedule Roster Box Score (PDF) Next Game: Live Stats ESPN 1350 FloHoops Watch Live Previewcenter_img vs. Northeastern 11/26/2019 – 10 a.m. Story Links ESTERO, Fla. – The Drake University men’s basketball team nearly rallied from a 14-point deficit but could not push past Miami in a 67-59 loss Monday afternoon at the Gulf Coast Showcase.Drake (4-2) got within two points in the final two minutes, but Miami (4-1) connected on its free throws down the stretch to escape with the win on a subpar shooting night for the Bulldogs. Drake was held to just 35.2 percent shooting and committed a season-high 21 turnovers in the loss.”Unfortunately, we built ourselves a hole and got in a bad place early,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “We got back into it late, but turned it over 20 times, which was disappointing and you can’t do that against a good team.”Liam Robbins led Drake with nine points and 12 rebounds. The sophomore forward scored eight of his points in the final seven minutes and eight of the Bulldogs’ final 18 points of the contest. D.J. Wilkins, Anthony Murphy and Roman Penn all scored eight points.Nike Sibande’s 16 points led Miami while Bam Bowman’s three three-pointers stretched the Drake defense. After a sluggish first half, Miami opened the second on a 22-8 tear to take a 50-36 lead with 10 minutes to play on Dalonte Brown’s third-straight bucket. Drake buckled down the defensive pressure to force a few turnovers and a Wilkins three-pointer started a 12-2 Bulldog rally that closed the margin to four points, 52-48, with 5:36 left to play. Joseph Yesufu also drained his first career three-pointer during that span. Two minutes later, Drake pulled within two points, but Miami’s Sibande answered with four of the RedHawks’ next six points to keep Drake from taking control of the contest. Turnovers also plagued the Bulldogs in the first half as four early miscues helped Miami jump out to a 15-5 lead.Drake responded to that rally and eventually tied the contest at 20-20 with four minutes left. The team then used a 5-0 run on Antonio Pilipovic’s second three-pointer of the half followed by an Anthony Murphy layup to take a 25-22 lead. Unfortunately, a lapse by the Bulldogs allowed Miami to score the final four points of the half to take a 26-25 lead into halftime. Drake shot just 29.6 percent and committed 13 turnovers in the opening half. With the loss, the Bulldogs face Northeastern Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 10 a.m. CST. Northeastern dropped its opening game, 74-62, to South Alabama. It will be the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more