DRAKE-UNI

Update: UNI trounces Drake, 85-55

2013-01-20T22:15:00Z 2013-01-21T14:56:14Z Update: UNI trounces Drake, 85-55By CARSON TIGGES, carson.tigges@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa --- The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team found its adversity breaking point.

A season worth of events not quite falling into place was exemplified when UNI seniors Jake Koch and Anthony James fought for a defensive rebound and accidentally tipped the ball in the wrong bucket. The Panthers’ faces said they had had enough.

The field goal, credited to Drake’s Jordan Clarke, gave the Bulldogs a 17-15 lead, but UNI responded with a 15-3 run and seized control of what turned into an 85-55 rout, the largest margin of victory in 61 games between the in-state rivals.

It was the first of two significant bursts that put UNI (10-9, 3-4 MVC) in the driver’s seat Sunday at the McLeod Center and helped them tally a second 30-point victory in the span of eight days. When Drake (8-10, 2-5) cut the deficit to 12 early in the second half, the Panthers put together a 16-0 run that sealed the deal early.

“Up until the last four or five games, it’s been two or three guys, then the next game it’s a different two or three guys. We’ve been able to have a couple games, particularly the two at home, where we’d have five guys maybe six, maybe seven that played really well,” said UNI head coach Ben Jacobson.

Sunday was a definite group effort on both ends. Six Panthers scored at least eight points for a team that shot 68 percent from the field in the second half. Jake Koch was aggressive for the second straight outing, scoring 14 of his 16 points in the final 20 minutes to go along with seven rebounds.

“You just try to be more assertive,” said Koch. “When the opportunity is there, you go after it. It was just clicking tonight.”

Deon Mitchell spun through the lane for a lay-up on the first possession of the game and his old tricks were joined together with a few new ones — namely, a 3-point shot. Mitchell finished with a game-high 20 points on 6 of 9 shooting, including 3 of 4 from behind the arc.

“I’ve been struggling so I got in the gym and kept working at it,” said Mitchell of his 3-point shooting clip that was at 21.9 percent entering Sunday.

“Because of my percentage, I think teams are starting to back off. I just need to keep working on it, so I can take advantage of it.”

Mitchell hit long balls on back-to-back possessions once Drake had its 17-15 lead and UNI never really gave the Bulldogs a second chance. Mitchell and Chip Rank sank a pair of treys to begin the big second-half run.

Meanwhile, a Drake team that had seemingly begun to find its groove and was riding a two-game MVC win streak, was out of whack. The Bulldogs finished 6-for-23 (26.1 percent) from behind the arc and shot 35 percent (21-59) overall.

“They’re playing so good the last two games, and a big part of it has been making 3’s,” said Jacobson. “They had some open ones in the first 10 minutes, they didn’t make them.”

Drake’s top three scorers — Ben Simons, Chris Hines and Seth VanDeest — account for more than 35 points per game but combined for just 15 Sunday. Simons, a preseason All-MVC selection, finished with just six points on 2 of 9 shooting.

Richard Carter got loose for 16 points, but 12 came in the first half and none went through when Drake needed to stop a run.

Said Drake coach Mark Phelps, “their scoring, combined with our not scoring… the game got away.”

Drake Mn FG-A FT-A Rb As PF TP

Clarke 26 5-7 0-0 8 1 2 10

Hines 18 1-4 0-0 0 1 1 3

Mason 14 0-5 0-0 0 0 3 0

Simons 33 2-9 0-0 2 4 1 6

VanDeest 21 1-2 4-4 3 1 2 6

Babineaux 4 1-3 0-0 0 1 2 2

Ricks 12 0-4 0-0 1 0 1 0

Carter 28 6-12 2-4 2 2 2 16

Jeffers 16 3-5 1-1 1 0 1 8

Ugbede 5 2-3 0-0 1 0 1 4

Team 4

Totals 200 21-59 7-9 26 10 19 55

UNI Mn FG-A FT-A Rb As PF TP

Mitchell 29 6-9 5-6 2 3 0 20

Tuttle 22 4-5 2-2 3 3 3 10

Koch 25 7-8 2-3 7 3 1 16

Sonnen 30 2-4 2-2 5 2 0 8

James 26 4-8 2-2 5 1 0 10

Rank 14 1-2 0-0 3 0 2 3

Bohannon 19 0-2 0-0 2 1 4 0

Singleton 4 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 4

Buss 17 2-6 5-5 4 0 2 9

Pehl 4 0-1 0-0 1 0 0 0

Team 0

Totals 200 30-50 18-20 34 13 13 85

Drake 22 33 – 55

UNI 37 48 – 85

3-point goals – Drake 6-23 (Simons 2-5, Carter 2-4, Jeffers 1-2, Hines 1-3, Mason 0-5, Ricks 0-2, King 0-2); UNI 7-18 (Mitchell 3-4, Sonnen 2-4, Rank 1-2, Martino 1-1, Koch 0-1, Singleton 0-1, Buss 0-1). Turnovers – Drake 16, UNI 14. Steals – Drake 7 (Clarke 3, Simons 1, Ricks 1, King 1, Ugbede 1); UNI 9 (Sonnen 3, Koch 2, Tuttle 2, Mitchell 1, Bohannon 1). Blocks – Drake 1 (Simons 1); UNI 6 (Tuttle 2, Koch 2, Buss 2).

Officials – Oglesby, Harris, Eades. Att. – 4,215.

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