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Drake 58, Mississippi State 52

(AP Photo/John S. Peterson)

By ERIC OLSON
AP Sports Writer

LINCOLN, Neb. - Roman Penn scored 19 points, Sardaar Calhoun made four of his career-high five 3-pointers in the second half, and Drake upset No. 15 Mississippi State 58-52.

Calhoun finished with 17 points and Tucker DeVries added 15 for Drake (9-3), which beat a ranked opponent for the first time since 2013.

Eric Reed Jr. scored all of his team-high 11 points in the first half for Mississippi State (11-1).

DeVries' floater in the lane put Drake up 52-50 with 1:51 left, and Penn hit a jumper for a four-point lead with just over a minute left.

Dashawn Davis' basket cut it back to two, and MSU had a chance to tie or take the lead after Penn missed from in close. But Drake got the ball back with 14.4 seconds left when D.J. Jeffries slipped to the floor as Cameron Matthews sent a pass his way and the ball flew out of bounds untouched.

Penn made four free throws in the last 10 seconds to secure Drake's first win over a Power Five opponent since it beat Kansas State in the 2020-21 season opener.

The neutral-site game was part of the Battle in the Vault event at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

MSU entered the day having played the 300th toughest schedule out of 363 teams, according to the NCAA, and its eight wins over quad four opponents in the NET rankings were tied for second most in the nation. MSU had to come from behind in the second halves of its previous two games, against Jackson State and Nicholls.

MSU couldn't complete a comeback this time against the Missouri Valley Conference preseason favorite.

Drake shot just 36% and committed 13 turnovers, but the work of Calhoun and Penn in the second half highlighted what otherwise was a grinding game.

MSU shot just 38% and turned over the ball 17 times and never found much offensive flow. MSU missed 11 of its first 14 shots and was down 15-6 before it ripped off 12 straight points to take its first lead. Late in the half, Reed made three straight 3-pointers to begin a 13-5 spurt that put MSU up 31-23 at half.

BIG PICTURE

Drake: Drake had come into the game after two straight losses and left with its first win over a Southeastern Conference opponent since it beat Georgia on Dec. 22, 1973.

Mississippi State: The numbers show MSU is one of the best defensive teams in the country, but the offense can be sporadic, especially when the opponent puts the clamps on big man and season scoring leader Tolu Smith, who was held to nine points.

December 20, 2022


Mississippi State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Jeffries F 35 1-7 0-0 1-2 0-8 2 0 1 6 3 3
T. Smith F 31 4-6 1-3 0-0 1-6 1 0 0 1 4 9
C. Matthews F 19 2-8 2-2 0-2 2-6 0 0 0 4 4 6
E. Reed Jr. G 35 4-11 0-0 3-7 1-3 1 0 0 0 1 11
D. Davis G 30 4-9 0-0 1-3 0-1 3 0 0 2 2 9
K. Murphy   16 3-5 1-2 2-4 1-2 1 0 1 2 1 9
J. Horton Jr.   14 0-2 0-0 0-1 0-1 3 0 0 1 0 0
T. Stevenson   11 1-2 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 0 1 0 3
W. McNair Jr.   9 1-2 0-0 0-0 1-3 0 0 0 0 0 2
Totals   200 20-52
(.385)
5-9
(.556)
7-19
(.368)
9-36 12 0 2 17 15 52


Drake
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
D. Brodie F 24 0-1 0-0 0-0 3-6 1 0 0 3 2 0
G. Sturtz G 33 1-4 0-0 0-0 2-9 0 0 0 1 1 2
T. DeVries G 32 5-15 2-2 3-10 2-5 1 1 2 2 4 15
R. Penn G 30 7-12 4-4 1-2 0-3 3 0 2 1 0 19
D. Wilkins G 27 2-7 0-0 1-6 0-1 2 0 2 1 0 5
S. Calhoun   28 6-14 0-0 5-11 1-3 0 1 0 4 1 17
E. Northweather   13 0-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 2 0 0 1 1 0
C. Enright   10 0-4 0-0 0-3 1-3 3 0 0 0 0 0
N. Ferguson   3 0-0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   200 21-58
(.362)
6-6
(1.000)
10-32
(.313)
10-36 12 2 6 13 9 58
Officials: Kipp Kissinger, Jeb Hartness, Darron George




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