first_img Preview Buy Tickets Box Score (HTML) Box Score (PDF) ESPN 1350 Mediacom MC22 / The Valley On ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Illinois State 1/3/2016 – 1:00 PM Full Schedule Roster Story Links Next Game: WICHITA, Kan. – The Drake University men’s basketball team was plagued by 18 turnovers in a 67-47 loss to Wichita State Thursday afternoon at Charles Koch Arena. The game was the Missouri Valley Conference opener for both teams.Drake (5-8, 0-1 MVC) was led offensively by Kale Abrahamson (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Graham Woodward (Edina, Minn.) with 12 points each. All of Abrahamson’s points came from behind the three-point arc as he is now 9-of-16 from the arc in his last two games.”To turn it over 18 times and only have 10 assists doesn’t give you much of a chance on the road, especially in this place,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “You have to take care of the basketball and you can’t do things the pressure makes you want to do.”The Shockers (7-5, 1-0 MVC) had three players score in double figures with Ron Baker’s 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting leading the way. Fred VanVleet added 13 points, six assists and had three of WSU’s five steals.”I think he’s one of the best point guards in the country,” Giacoletti said of VanVleet. “With him and Baker, they’ve got a coach on the floor and there’s a reason they’re the best combo of guards in the country.”WSU scored 26 of its points off of Drake turnovers and held a 10-rebound (38-28) advantage on the glass. “They’re one of the best offensive rebounding teams, they do a great job, they’re relentless,” Giacoletti said. “If you’re going to be successful, you’ve got to rebound the basketball.”Drake came into the game with a combined 19-rebound advantage in its last two games. Drake was led on the glass by freshman Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) and sophomore Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) with five rebounds apiece. Drake struggled early, making just one shot in the first five minutes of the game as the WSU defense forced two shot clock violations and blocked two other shots. Arogundade got the Bulldog offense started with a three-pointer at 16:53 in the first half as the Shockers built up an early 11-4 lead. With eight minutes left in the half, Drake forced four-straight WSU misses to key a 10-4 run and tie the contest at 25-25 with 3:26 remaining. That spurt was fueled by pair of three-pointers from Abrahamson as the junior poured in nine first-half points, all from behind the arc. However, two costly turnovers in the final two minutes of the half led to an 8-0 WSU run to close the period and allow the Shockers to take a 33-25 lead into halftime. WSU added to that lead in the opening minutes of the second half with a 13-2 run to take a 46-27 lead in the first six minutes of the period. Drake pulled within 14 briefly on an Abrahamson three-pointer, but WSU scored nine of the next 11 points to extend its lead to 21, with 8:46 left on a Baker three-pointer. From there, WSU’s lead stayed at 17 or more points until a late Conner Frankamp three-pointer accounted for the final 67-47 tally.The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, Jan. 3 to continue MVC play against Illinois State. Tipoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. With the contest being broadcast on Mediacom MC22 and The Valley on ESPN3. The Redbirds are 7-7 on the season after opening up the MVC season with a 74-61 win over Missouri State on Wednesday.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more