Recap: Drake vs. Southern Ill
Des Moines, IA (Sports Network) - Rayvonte Rice recorded a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Drake Bulldogs to a 78-63 win over the Southern Illinois Salukis in a Missouri Valley Conference battle at the Knapp Center.
Ben Simons returned to action after missing the previous five games to chip in 14 points for Drake (16-13, 9-8 MVC), while Jeremy Jeffers and Kurt Alexander netted 11 points each.
Mamadou Seck paced the Salukis (8-21, 5-12) with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Early added 18 points and nine rebounds as SIU lost its fifth in a row.
The Bulldogs took a 38-25 lead into halftime after they shot 59.1 percent from the floor and hit 4-of-6 from beyond the arc in the opening period. SIU managed to connect on just 33.3 percent of its field goal tries in the first half.
Drake extended its lead after the break by hitting 52.4 percent of its shots from the field and converting 17-of-24 from the charity stripe in the final 20 minutes.
The Salukis were ice cold from deep as they made just 1-of-16 attempts from beyond the arc in the contest. Despite the loss, SIU held a 36-30 advantage in the rebounding battle.Game Notes