Men's Basketball's Rally Comes Up Short in Detroit
DETROIT, Mich. – Senior Jordan Clarke (Rockville, Md.) recorded a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds but it was not enough to rally back from a 14-point deficit as the Drake University men’s basketball team fell at Detroit Saturday evening, 85-79.
Clarke’s double-double came on 6-of-7 shooting from the field as the Bulldogs fall to 1-1 on the young season. Detroit (2-1) was paced by Doug Anderson’s 26 points and 10 rebounds while Horizon League Preseason Player of the Year Ray McCallum poured in 20 points, including a jumper with 13 seconds left to preserve the Titan win.
“I thought we had a great three minutes of basketball there at the end, the unfortunate thing was we didn’t play very well throughout out the game,” Drake head coach Mark Phelps said. “At the end of the day we had too many turnovers and didn’t make our free throws. Our guys really battled the last three minutes and we were a McCallum shot away from getting the ball back with a chance to tie or win it. We’re going to learn from this and move forward and be better team.”
With four minutes to play, Drake was facing a 14-point, 76-62, deficit before the Bulldogs went on a 14-5 run capped by back-to-back three-pointers from Clarke and Ben Simons (Cadillac, Mich.) to pull within two points, 81-79, with 46 seconds left. Simons’ three-pointer come courtesy of a possession generated by the defense forcing a critical five-second call on a Detroit inbound pass.
However, Detroit’s next possession saw McCallum deliver his game-clinching jumper from the top of the key to extend the Titans’ lead back to four. A missed three-pointer on Drake’s next possession, followed by a run-out basket from Detroit accounted for the 85-79 final.
Simons finished the game with 11 points while Chris Hines (Houston, Texas) scored 14 points in his first game at Drake. Richard Carter (Detroit, Mich.), playing in his hometown, added 10 points as did Seth VanDeest. As a team, the Bulldogs shot 49.1 percent from the field and 38.9 percent from the three-point arc.
Drake will return to action on Nov. 22 when it faces California in the opening game of the DIRECTV Classic in Anaheim, Calif. Tipoff on ESPN2 is scheduled for 10:30 p.m. CST.