Posted by Rich Miller - email
EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - The University of Evansville men's basketball team used balance scoring and held the Drake University Bulldogs to 34 percent shooting Wednesday night at Roberts Stadium in a 67-51 Missouri Valley Conference victory.
The Aces evened their overall record at 8-8 and improved to 2-4 in the MVC. The Bulldogs fell to 7-10 and 2-4 in the MVC.
Four Aces reached double figures, led by sophomore Ned Cox, who scored a season-high 15 points. The 6'0" guard brought the crowd to its feet late in the first half with a tomahawk dunk that gave UE a 29-16 lead.
Evansville's bench contributed 30 points on the night.
After Drake's opening basket, Evansville never trailed again, building a 14-point lead in the first half a 27-13. UE shot 51.9 percent (14-for-27) from the floor in the opening period, while holding the Bulldogs to 34.8 percent (8-for-23). The Aces also dominated around the rim, outscoring DU 20-6 in the paint.
Drake cut Evansville's lead to four at 44-40 with 12:49 to play, but the Aces went on a 21-5 run to go ahead 65-45 with 3:41 to play and assure an end to a three-game losing streak. Evansville finished the contest shooting 45.6 percent (26-for-57) from the field and 92.3 percent (12-for-13) from the free throw line, while Drake hit only 16 of 47 total shots (34.0%), 4 of 19 three-pointers (14.3%) and 15 of its 29 chances (51.7%) at the charity stripe. UE also out-rebounded the Bulldogs 40-31.
The Aces are back in action Saturday when they travel to take on Illinois State at 6:05 pm CST. The game will be televised by Fox Sports Midwest.