Arogundade Scores A Career-High 16 Points In A 61-52 Loss At Missouri State

first_imgStory Links Photos Next Game: Box Score (PDF) SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Sophomore Ore Arogundade (Chicago, Ill.) scored a career-high 16 points with eight rebounds, but a trio of second-half scoring droughts allowed Missouri State to defeat the Drake University men’s basketball team, 61-52, Wednesday evening at JQH Arena.Arogundade’s career night came on 7-of-12 shooting and a 2-of-3 night from the three-point arc. Billy Wampler (Eau Claire, Wis.) was 3-of-4 from the arc for 11 points while Dominik Olejniczak (Torun, Poland) added 12 points and six rebounds for Drake (6-23, 1-16 MVC).Missouri State (12-17, 8-9 MVC) was led by senior Camyn Boone’s 17 points while Jarred Dixon came off the bench to record a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.Drake owned a 29-27 halftime lead and briefly extended that advantage off four points from Arogundade to open the second half. However, the Bulldogs then went scoreless for more than six minutes as the Bears assembled a 13-0 run to take a 41-35 lead with less than 12 minutes remaining in the half.”That’s the story of our season,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “We can play well in stretches, but just can’t find a way to finish things.”The Bulldogs pulled within two points, 45-43, with 9:13 left on a Wampler three-pointer before going scoreless for the next four minutes to allow the Bears to roll out their lead to seven points. Later, a three-minute scoreless span allowed MSU to extend its lead to 11 points, 56-45, with two minutes to play as the Bears continued to score.”We haven’t gotten to the point where we trust each other defensively to get stop after stop in situations like that,” Giacoletti said. “That’s where you need help from an older, mature, guy to help you get stops. We weren’t bad in half court defense, but you can’t give up run-out turnovers.”Eight of the Bears’ 34 second-half points came via Drake miscues.Midway through the first half, Drake faced a nine-point, 20-11, deficit before starting to keep pace with the Bears’ scoring. With just under three minutes left in the period, Casey Schlatter  (Iowa Falls, Iowa) started what would become an 11-0 run to close the half and give the Bulldogs a 29-27 halftime lead. Arogundade scored the final five points of that run on a jumper and three-pointer to close the half with 12 points.The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday afternoon when they close the regular season at home against Loyola. Tip off is set for 1 p.m. in the Knapp Center. Prior to the game, Drake will honor its lone senior, Karl Madison.Print Friendly Version Loyola 2/27/2016 – 1:00 PMcenter_img Preview Buy Tickets ESPN 1350 The Valley on ESPN3 Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Box Score (HTML) last_img read more