Another player in his first game with the Bulldogs (1-0),
junior-college transfer Al Stewart, had a solid debut at point
guard with eight points, eight assists and four steals.
Stewart keyed Drake's full-court pressure defense, which forced
Detroit (1-1) into 24 turnovers in the first basketball game at the
recently opened Wells Fargo Arena. The Bulldogs made 15 steals and
finished with a 23-15 edge in points off turnovers.
Chuck Bailey led Detroit with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon
Cotton scored 14 but shot just 6-for-17.
Drake trailed 48-42 after a 16-2 Detroit run, then answered with
a 14-2 burst. Stewart started it with a driving basket and finished
it with two lob passes to Ajay Calvin, who had 10 points. Calvin
dunked on the first pass and banked in a layup on the second,
making it 56-50 with 7:14 left.
Detroit drew to 56-54 on Bailey's tip-in but never regained the
lead. Drake sank eight of 10 free throws in the final 1:15,
including four by freshman Jacob Baryenbruch, to secure the
Drake broke a 32-all tie by scoring the first eight points of
the second half. Brooks finished that run with two baskets, the
second after Stewart stole the ball and fired a pass that led to a
The Bulldogs couldn't sustain it, though, and Detroit scored 16
of the next 18 points.
Cox, who sat out last season as a freshman, shot 5-for-7 and led
the Bulldogs with five rebounds. He scored 10 of his points during
a 3-minute span late in the first half by making five straight
shots, including two layups after Drake stole the ball in its