Scores

Final

E Illinois 56

(3-10, 0-5 away)

Drake 74

(6-5, 4-1 home)

    3:05 PM ET, December 22, 2012

    The Knapp Center, Des Moines, Iowa

    1 2 T
    EIU 26 3056
    DRKE 33 4174

    Top Performers

    Eastern Illinois: S. Blanford 18 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Stl

    Drake: M. Mason 19 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast

    Drake 74, E. Illinois 56

    Associated Press

    DES MOINES, Iowa -- Micah Mason had 19 points and six assists and Drake continued its torrid 3-point shooting during a 74-56 victory over Eastern Illinois on Saturday.

    The Bulldogs (6-5), who came into the game ranked fifth in the country with 9.1 3-pointers per game, were 13 of 22 beyond the arc and shot 56 percent overall from the floor. They also hit 15 of 18 free throws.

    Drake also got 14 points from Ben Simons, 11 from Chris Hines and 10 from Seth VanDeest.

    Sherman Blanford had 18 points and seven rebounds for Eastern Illinois (3-10), which outrebounded Drake 25-19 but committed 19 turnovers. Morris Woods added 10 points for the Panthers.

    Drake trailed 26-24 before scoring nine straight points to close the first half. A 3-pointer and layup by Mason to start the second half extended the lead to 12 points, and the Bulldogs later added a 14-2 run to make it 61-41 with 9:42 remaining.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    EIU
    DRKE
    Points 56 74
    FG Made-Attempted 19-42 (.452) 23-41 (.561)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 13-22 (.591)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-19 (.632) 15-18 (.833)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 24

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