FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) -- Ajay Calvin scored 17 points and Drake defeated Southeast Missouri State 78-51 Friday in the opening round of the BP Top of the World Classic.
The Bulldogs (1-0) bolted to a 10-0 lead and never trailed. Southeast Missouri (0-2) failed to score for the first four and a half minutes and fell behind 41-27 at the half.
Drake shot 50 percent from the field and took its biggest lead, 78-48, with under a minute remaining.
The Redhawks shot just 31 percent from the field, including 6-for-25 on 3-point attempts.
The Bulldogs outrebounded the Redhawks 43-34 with Aliou Keita pulling down seven. Calvin added five.
Drake faces Utah State on Saturday in the semifinals and Southeast Missouri faces Centenary in the consolation bracket.