GAMEDAY Mens Basketball

Drake 53, Wichita State 52

By CLIFF BRUNT
AP Sports Writer

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Joseph Yesufu scored 21 points and Drake beat Wichita State 53-52 in the First Four, the Bulldogs' first NCAA Tournament win in a half-century.

Drake's previous tournament victory was 50 years ago to the day -- March 18, 1971, against Notre Dame.

The Bulldogs were hardly overmatched in this year's tournament field, however - they came in with 25 wins, second most of the 68 teams behind top overall seed Gonzaga, and their tense matchup with a longtime Missouri Valley Conference rival brought some early drama to the pandemic-affected tourney.

Wichita State's Dexter Dennis made a 3-pointer with 8 seconds remaining to trim Drake's lead to a point. The Bulldogs got the ball in to Yesufu, who was fouled. He missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to give the Shockers a chance, but Wichita State's Alterique Gilbert settled for a long 3-pointer that hit the front rim as time expired.

Tremell Murphy added 11 points for 11th-seeded Drake (26-4).

Morris Udeze scored a career-high 22 points and Dennis added 13 for Wichita State (16-6).

It was the 152nd meeting between the former MVC rivals. Wichita State left for the American Athletic Conference in 2017. Both mid-major powers were given at-large bids into the NCAA field.

Drake missed 10 straight shots as Wichita State built an early 18-6 lead.

The Bulldogs rallied. Yesufu threw down a nasty one-handed dunk over Clarence Jackson on a fast break and then hit a 3-pointer with 7 seconds left in the first half to trim the Shockers' lead to 21-20. Wichita State was scoreless for the last five minutes of the half.

Drake tied the game in the opening minute of the second half on a 3-point play by Darnell Brodie. Wichita State responded with a 9-0 run that included five points from Udeze.

Drake again recovered. Brodie's reverse layup put the Bulldogs up 46-45 with just over four minutes to play.

March 18, 2021


Drake
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Murphy F 33 4-10 0-0 3-6 0-4 2 2 1 2 2 11
D. Brodie F 29 4-6 1-1 0-0 4-10 1 2 0 4 4 9
J. Yesufu G 40 8-21 2-3 3-9 0-2 3 0 2 2 3 21
D. Wilkins G 38 1-8 0-0 1-4 0-4 3 0 0 1 2 3
G. Sturtz G 37 1-4 2-4 0-0 1-4 4 0 0 1 3 4
S. Hemphill   10 1-3 1-2 0-0 0-4 0 0 1 1 1 3
I. Samake   10 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-4 0 1 0 0 1 2
J. Jackson   2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   199 20-53
(.377)
6-10
(.600)
7-19
(.368)
11-38 13 5 4 13 16 53


Wichita State
Player Pos Min FG-FGA FT-FTA 3P-3PA OR-TR Ast Blk Stl TO PF Pts
M. Udeze F 34 8-13 6-11 0-0 0-4 1 0 2 2 1 22
T. Wade F 27 2-4 0-0 1-1 4-7 1 2 1 0 3 5
A. Gilbert G 36 4-13 2-3 0-5 1-3 4 0 3 2 2 10
D. Dennis G 34 5-11 1-2 2-6 2-7 0 3 0 0 2 13
T. Etienne G 27 0-6 1-2 0-3 1-1 0 1 0 2 4 1
C. Jackson   14 0-3 0-2 0-2 1-7 0 0 1 0 1 0
C. Porter Jr.   14 0-2 1-2 0-1 1-2 0 1 0 0 0 1
R. Council IV   8 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-2 1 0 0 2 0 0
I. Poor Bear-Chandler   4 0-2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Totals   198 19-56
(.339)
11-22
(.500)
3-18
(.167)
11-35 7 7 7 8 13 52
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