Drake Bulldogs Can't Handle Iowa State Cyclones

Tim Weideman@TimWeidemanAnalyst INovember 18, 2009

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 21:  Adam Emmenecker #15 of the Drake Bulldogs guards Tyrone Brazelton #3 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers during the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament West Regional at the St. Pete Times Forum on March 21, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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It didn't matter that Josh Young—who had suffered a hip pointer in practice last week—was healthy. Young was held to 11 points as the Drake Bulldogs fell to the faster, stronger Iowa State Cyclones 90-70.

The Cyclones made the 40-minute field trip from Ames to Des Moines to arrive at a Knapp Center half-filled with friendly colors of cardinal and gold.

Iowa State easily improved to 3-0 after leading by 19 at the break and never letting go of a double-digit margin after that.

Young drew first blood with a jumper, but that was about all the Drake faithful had to cheer for as Cyclones' guard Lucca Steiger soon silenced cheers with a three-pointer—of which Steiger gave the Bulldogs their fill.

Steiger would go on to score a career-high 32 points on 10-of-16 shooting beyond the arc.

Freshman Ben Simmons led the Bulldogs with 24 points, hitting four of six three-point attempts.

The Bulldogs hit 45.5 percent of three-point attempts but Iowa State had answers and then some for every shot.

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As a team, Iowa State shot 60.9 percent from three-point range and 56.3 percent overall.

Stopping the opponent's big men proved to be a problem once again in Drake's second outing, as preseason All-Big 12 forward Craig Brackens recorded a double-double with 22 points and ten rebounds.

Iowa State will ride home pleased with the revenge it served Drake. The Bulldogs won the previous match-up in Des Moines 79-44. It was the Cyclones' worse loss ever to Drake.

As is the recurring trend nowadays, the Bulldogs were out-rebounded 39-21.

Whether Young was not 100 percent or the Cyclones really are 20 points better than the Bulldogs, Drake has a lot to figure out before traveling to Orlando this weekend to finish up the Glen Wilkes Classic.

Drake will compete against Georgia State at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Akron at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, and Central Florida at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.


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