Comeback falls short for Redbirds, Richardson
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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Boo
Richardson entered Saturday's game with 12 points combined in
Missouri Valley Conference action, but Illinois State's junior point
guard poured in a career-high 24 points against Drake in the
Redbirds' 70-66 loss at the Knapp Center. ISU overcame a 13-point,
first-half deficit, but a pair of late turnovers proved costly in
The victory was Drake's first in league play, as the Bulldogs
improved to 10-7 overall and 1-5 in conference play. ISU falls to
9-8 on the year and 1-5 in league action.
The Redbirds and the
Bulldogs traded baskets and the lead for the first 11 minutes of the
game. Drake jumped out to a 9-5 lead at the 14:51 mark with five
points coming at the hands of Nick Grant. ISU used a 10-2 run over
the next three minutes, including three-point baskets from Dom
Johnson and Brandon Holtz, and took a 15-11 lead, the Redbirds'
largest of the half.
Drake proceeded to score the game's next seven points and held an
18-15 lead at the 10:05 mark. Levi Dyer's three-pointer at the 9:32
mark tied the score at 20-20, but the Redbirds endured a
seven-minute scoring drought as Drake scored 13 straight points to
take a 33-20 edge with 3:13 left. Boo Richardson ended the rut with
2:24 left in the half, while scoring seven straight points and
making a steal in the final 30 seconds to set up Roberto Fortes'
foul on a lay up attempt. Fortes sank one of the two free throws as
the Redbirds trailed 33-28 at the break.
The Bulldogs held their five-point lead through the first five
minutes of the second half. ISU's Johnson had the opportunity to tie
the game at the 12:27 mark with a pair of free throws, but the
Redbird junior hit only one as ISU trailed 40-39. Drake used an 8-2
run with five points coming from Grant to take a 48-41 lead at the
Again the Redbirds responded with a 9-2 run, thanks to five more
points from Richardson, to tie the game at 50-50 with 8:23 left in
the game. Dyer gave the Redbirds their first lead of the second half
with a basket at the 6:48 mark, but back-to-back lay ups by Aliou
Keita and Al Stewart gave the Bulldogs a 57-54 edge with 5:44 on the
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Richardson drained his sixth three-pointer of the game at the
5:22 mark to force the fourth tie of the contest at 57-57. Drake's
Stewart sank a pair of foul shots and Dyer countered with a basket
as the two teams remained tied 59-59 with 3:34 left on the clock.
Following a pair of ISU turnovers, Drake took a 63-59 lead on a pair
of Ajay Calvin chip shots with 2:14 remaining.
ISU continued to battle down the stretch, but a missed free throw
by Anthony Slack, an intentional foul called on Richardson and
rushed three-pointer by Osiris Eldridge with 10 seconds remaining
were too much to overcome.
Richardson shot 8-for-13 from the field and was 6-for-9 on
threes. Dyer posted his first career double-double with a
career-best 13 rebounds to go along with his 14 points on 6-for-8
shooting. Slack was also in double figures with 12 points thanks to
a 6-for-7 shooting effort. Drake was led by Calvin and Grant, who
finished with 19 and 15 points, respectively.
Illinois State returns to Redbird Arena on Monday night for the
first of three straight home games. The Redbirds will host Missouri
State for a 7:05 p.m. tip off.
[News release provided by Todd Kober,
assistant athletics director, media relations,