No. 20 Drake Soars Past Indiana State

Bulldogs' win in tourney completes a season sweep of Sycamores
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2008 10:45 PM CST
Indiana State coach Kevin McKenna looks down in the final minutes against Drake in a Missouri Valley Conference tournament second-round basketball game Friday, March 7, 2008, in St. Louis. Drake beat...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Drake moved one step closer to its first NCAA tournament berth since 1971 by easily defeating Indiana State, 68-46, in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. The top-seeded Bulldogs (26-4) held the Sycamores, who won a play-in game over Wichita State Thursday, to 26% shooting, reports AP. Conference player of the year Adam Emmenecker had 13 points, 10 rebounds.

The 10 boards were a career high for the Drake leader. "It was good to contribute that way for a change," he said. Teammate Leonard Houston had 16 points, including three second-half three-pointers; overall Drake hit 9-of-23 from long distance. Gabe Moore led ISU with 12. Next up for the No. 21 Bulldogs will be Creighton in the 'Arch Madness' semifinals Saturday.