Drake Men’s Basketball Rolls In Season Opener, 101-54

first_img Box Score (PDF) DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake men’s basketball team opened its 2017-18 season with a dominant 101-54 win over Coe College Saturday afternoon in the Knapp Center.In the first game under the direction of head coach Niko Medved, the Bulldogs finished just one shy of the school record for three-pointers by hitting 16 in the 47-point win. Drake shot 57.1 percent (16-of-28) from beyond the arc and 33-of-56 from the floor (58.9) percent, while six Bulldogs scored in the double-digits. “The guys came out and did what they needed to do today,” Medved said. “This Coe team runs some good stuff and puts you in tough positions defensively. I liked our energy and the way we moved the ball. It was a good first step in the process.”Drake was led by redshirt senior Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) who was perfect from three-point range going 5-of-5 and putting up a game-high 20 points. Senior Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) picked up 16 points on a 5-of-7 shooting day while junior Nick McGlynn (Stoughton, Wis.) put up 12. Seniors Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) and De’Antae McMurray (Alton, Ill.) both added 11.In his debut as a Bulldog, freshman Noah Thomas (Sydney, Australia) had 13 points, all coming in the second half. Thomas also grabbed six steals, a game-high.  “I thought he did a tremendous job of staying confident,” Timmer said of Thomas’ day. “Now that he’s got one under the belt, he’s just going to keep getting better.” Next Game: PhotosGallery Box Score (HTML) Senior CJ Rivers (Cahokia, Ill.) and redshirt junior Casey Schlatter (Iowa Falls, Iowa) each recorded seven rebounds while Arogundade dished out a career-high six assists.The Bulldogs came out quickly in the first half as Timmer scored the team’s first nine points. Coe responded with two three-pointers to pull within three points at 9-6. The Bulldogs then used a 19-5 scoring run to break open the game and give Drake a 28-11 lead. The Bulldogs continued to dominate taking a 47-23 lead at the end of the first half.The second half proved to be no different for Drake, opening with a 10-2 run before the Bulldogs ran away with the game. The prolific Drake offense never let up in stretching its lead to as many as 51 via using a 28-6 run.  Following Saturday’s win, the Bulldog will travel to Lynchburg, Va. for the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam Nov. 17-19. Drake is scheduled to open the tournament against Wake Forest, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.Print Friendly Version Live Stats 1350 ESPN FloHoops Listen Live Watch Live vs. Wake Forest 11/17/2017 – 7:30 p.m. Full Schedule Roster Preview Story Linkslast_img read more