EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) -- Chris Bryant scored 15 points, including
six during a decisive 12-0 run, to lead Drake to a 79-68 victory
over Evansville Wednesday night in the Missouri Valley Conference
opener for both teams.
Ajay Calvin scored 14 for the Bulldogs (8-4, 1-0 MVC). Al
Stewart had 13 and Chaun Brooks 11 for Drake, which led 33-31 at
halftime.The teams exchanged the lead twice and were tied six times
during the first half. The Bulldogs regained the lead with 3:45
left in the half when a 3-pointer by Brooks made it 27-24.The Purple Aces (4-5, 0-1) took a 34-33 lead after the break
when Bradley Strickland sank a free throw and then hit a jumper.
But Bryant hit a 3-pointer seconds later that began 12 unanswered
points and gave the Bulldogs a 45-34 lead with 13:33 left.Evansville never drew closer than six points for rest of the
game.Jason Holsinger led the Purple Aces with 18, including 3-of-8
3-pointers. Strickland scored 15, Ely Shy 14 and Matt Webster 11.